With some of the best beaches and scuba diving in Southeast Asia, it can be hard to tear yourself away from the coast in Cebu—particularly if you only have a single day to explore. But there’s plenty of natural appeal on the island’s interior as well. Here’s how to maximize 24 hours in Cebu.
Although Colon Street dates back to the 16th century, the main sign of its heritage is the Colon Obelisk. This 20th-century granite column boasts an inscription describing Colon Street as the Philippines’ oldest street, although academics point out that the islands had streets before colonists arrived. Most travelers visit here to hunt for bargains or on their way to nearby attractions such as Magellan’s Cross or the Basilica del Santo Niño. The Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House gives an idea of how the street must once have looked.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Colon Street will mainly be of interest to history buffs.
- The area has a reputation for pickpockets. Avoid wearing expensive jewelry or showing off high-end cameras or phones.
- Colon Street is wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
Colon Street sits in the heart of downtown Cebu City. It’s less than a 1-mile (1.5-kilometer) walk from the port where boats from Bohol arrive, and within easy walking distance of Magellan’s Cross, the Basilico del Santo Niño, the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House, and Casa Gorordo.
When to Get There
There are usually night markets on Colon Street at busy times of year, such as the Christmas shopping season in December and Cebu City’s Sinulog festival in January. These are the most atmospheric times to visit.
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