Top 10 Tourist Spots in Cebu City


No. 1 – Basilica Minore del Santo Nino de Cebu

Sto. Nino Church is the top Cebu City tourist attraction!

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As the first and oldest Church in the Philippines, Santo Nino Basilica draws the biggest tourist crowd in Cebu City, for religious and immense historical reasons. Every year in January, the Sinulog Festival attracts thousands of tourists from around the world, with most religious pilgrims visiting the Basilica itself. Besides the increase of visitors in January, the Church is always a stop for tour groups. Pictures outside and inside of the Basilica will take time and can get crowded, especially during service hours.

  • Pros:Primary landmark in Cebu with many chances for pictures of historic, religious architecture and design.
  • Cons:Can get very crowded and heavy traffic with some tourist traps.
  • Price Range:$
  • Phone:+63 32 255-6697
  • Address:Osmeña Boulevard, 6000 Cebu City

No. 2 – Magellan’s Cross

A tourist stop with immense historical significance.

Magellan’s Cross is a religious artifact housed in a small chapel outside of the Santo Nino Basilica. It was ordered to be planted by Ferdinand Magellan upon landing in the Philippines as part of Spanish quest to Christianize the islands. The current cross is just a symbol of the original, but many believe it still has miraculous powers. Regardless of religion, this quick visit carries important historical significance.

  • Pros:Great historical significance and good photo opportunities.
  • Cons:Very short visit and you must worry about pick-pockets.
  • Price Range:$
  • Phone:+63 32 416 4579
  • Address:P. Burgos St, Cebu City, Cebu

No. 3 – Mactan Shrine

The Lapu- Lapu Shrine some as some call it, gives honor to the indigenous tribal leader.

Mactan Shrine
Figure 3 Photo credit: Mactan Shrine Facebook – Lapu Lapu statue at the shrine.

Looking over the whole park is the statue of the immortalized, Lapu Lapu. The landmark is also known as the Lapu Lapu Shrine, paying homage to tribal chieftain for his efforts to repel Spanish invaders, led by Ferdinand Magellan. Inside this park you can also find the Magellan Shrine, commemorating where the Portuguese explorer was thought to have been killed. Every year, in April, they provide a reenactment of the battle during the “Kadaugan sa Mactan” Festival.

  • Pros:Near resorts and beaches of Mactan. Plenty of great picture-taking.
  • Cons:Sometimes crowded and must be wary of vendors and pick-pockets.
  • Price Range:$
  • Phone:n/a
  • Address:Mactan Shrine, Lapu Lapu City, Cebu 6015

No. 4 – Tops Cebu

A view of Cebu like no other!

Tops Cebu
Figure 4 Photo credit: Google – Tops Cebu patio overlooking the city.

Tops, as it’s most famously called by locals, is the best lookout of Cebu City you can get – for the public. Some telescopes are available to zoom in on Cebu, during the day, but the views at night are simply amazing with the naked eye. No fuss stop at this location – what you see is what you get. We advise you to take advantage of good weather when visiting.

  • Pros:Amazing views, available snacks & great picture-taking, especially at night!
  • Cons:Picture taking and the views are finished fast. Not much to do there.
  • Price Range:$
  • Phone:+63 909 890 5357
  • Address:Cebu Tops Rd, Cebu City, Cebu

No. 5 – Taoist Temple of Cebu

One of the best visual tourist attractions you can have in Cebu.

Taoist Temple of Cebu
Figure 5 Photo credit: Google – Landscape and Dragon Statue at the Taoist Temple.

Not to be confused with another Taoist Temple nearby on Friendship Street, the Taoist Temple is one of the most visually photogenic locations in the City. It’s located in the Beverly Hills subdivision in Lahug and can get busy with multiple tourist groups arriving at the same time – you may have to wait for the crowd to clear to get some must-have pictures of the Dragon statue. The entrance fees are low and there’s also a souvenir shop, but we advise to just simply walk around and enjoy the energy and quiet.

  • Pros:Amazing architecture and photo-taking with a souvenir shop.
  • Cons:Might be busy if other tours stop at the same time.
  • Price Range:$
  • Phone:+63 32 254 6503
  • Address:Beverly Hills, Lahug, Cebu City, Cebu 6000

No. 6 – Ft. San Pedro

Known mostly now at Plaza Independencia, the stop is rich with history.

Ft. San Pedro
Figure 7 Photo credit: Y101FM Google – Outdoor entrance to Fort San Pedro.

From the Spanish war to the World Wars, this landmark has played host to many occupants. The triangular fort was strategically designed to defend the port and repel attacks from land and sea. It’s the oldest triangular fort in the Philippines and was the anchor settlement of the Spanish at the start of their colonization.

  • Pros:Rich history and landmarks with great photo opportunities.
  • Cons:Must be careful with the local vendors and possible pick-pockets.
  • Price Range:$
  • Phone:+63 32 412 0545
  • Address:A. Pigafetta Street, Cebu City, Cebu

No. 7 – Temple of Leah

Also known as the Taj Mahal of Cebu.

Temple of Leah
Figure 6 Photo credit: Google – Inside the memorial looking at the Statue of Leah.

The artistic design, engineering and construction of the famous Cebu landmark transports you to another time and place. Roman-inspired architecture and details were all made as a memorial to the creator’s wife, Leah. Owned and created by a prominent Cebuano family, The Temple Of Leah has become one of the most popular places to visit while sightseeing in Cebu. It’s so popular, in fact, that many pictorials have used the location for their photo shoots and the curators have adjusted prices for those purposes. It’s very affordable at Php50.00 per person but jumps to Php2,500.00 for pictorials.

  • Pros:Amazing design and architecture, picture-taking is a must.
  • Cons:If there are a lot of people, you will have to wait to take pictures.
  • Price Range:$
  • Website:
  • Phone:+63 (032) 233 5032
  • Address:Graje Roosebelt Rd, Busay, Cebu

No. 8 – Sirao Garden

Cebu’s own Little Amsterdam in the hills.

Sirao Garden
Figure 8 Photo credit: Facebook Sirao Garden – Overlooking the garden on the hill.

More popular of the many gardens in mountains, Sirao is also known as Little Amsterdam. On the way up the mountain, whether with tour guides or with friends, you can’t miss all the billboard signs showing you the way. Once there, you can get lost in the tall forest of flowers and spends hours taking pictures. We do recommend taking some time to just sit and take in all the natural beauty this place has to offer, especially when the weather is cooperating. This place is the definition of Instagrammable.

  • Pros:Beautiful pictures and landscapes.
  • Cons:It’s far and you must have great weather to take pictures.
  • Price Range:$$
  • Phone:+63 946 183 1320
  • Address:Sirao, Cebu City, Cebu 6000

No. 9 – Adventure Cafe

For the outdoor enthusiasts and adrenaline junkies.

Adventure Cafe
Figure 9 Photo credit: Facebook Adventure Cafe – Zipline and rock wall.

Being the farthest place on the list, a visit here is sure to impress those who seek a different kind of tourist stop. Adventure Cafe is also the nearest place for those looking to have fun on a zip line – usually on most people’s bucket list. Along with that, they have a multi-level rock climbing wall that caters to beginners and advanced.

  • Pros:The only one that exists in Cebu for fun outdoor activities.
  • Cons:The food isn’t always good and the service can be bad sometimes.
  • Price Range:$ to $$
  • Phone:+63 999 681 2339
  • Address:Brgy Gaas, Balamban, Cebu

No. 10 – Terrazas de Flores

Another hidden garden in the hills of Busay.

Terrazas de Flores
Figure 10 Photo credit: Facebook Terrazas de Flores – Overlooking the terraces.

As the last of the tourist stops in the mountains above Cebu, Terazzas de Flores has everything you need to enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city streets. Besides showcasing an impressive terraced garden, for which it was named, Terrazas de Flores has a cozy little cafe too. It’s one of the most popular places for pictorials for many important events.

  • Pros:Relaxing atmosphere with food and drink options, very picturesque.
  • Cons:Weather should be good for a visit and must bring mosquito repellant.
  • Price Range:$
  • Phone:+63 917 653 4227
  • Address:Tiguib Malubog Cebu City, Cebu 6000