Philippines - Getting to know the Ilocos Region & Vigan

Perhaps the best tip for first-time visitors seeking to really experience Vigan is to find a safe spot on the pavement in the historic centre and close your eyes. Take in the sound of horse-drawn carriages clattering over the cobblestones, the tempting aromas of freshly baked empanadas on the sea breeze and the cries of vendors hawking their clay pots and woven rugs, and for just a few seconds you could be forgiven for thinking you’ve stepped back in time.

Now open your eyes again, and go get that empanada.

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