Walking Tour: Cebu City Spots You Can Visit on Foot

Cebu City is one of the major cities outside of Metro Manila, the Philippines’ capital. But believe it or not, it was my first time in Cebu back in November 2015. It was a good thing I was able to get cheap flights to Cebu. But since then, I’ve been back and forth a couple times in the "Queen City of the South".
Cebu City Walking Tour
Cebu City Walking Tour
Allow me to share some insights on that first trip to Cebu.

Cebu City Walking Tour Itinerary

Mom and I chose Cebu as a getaway celebration for her birthday. It was her first time in the island too so I chose a hotel that's conveniently located near the city town proper.

Knowing that she prefers walking or taking the jeepney instead of the cab, we planned on having a walking tour of Cebu City.

Our flight came in early morning and the hotel room was not yet available so we decided to start our walking city tour right after breakfast. From Hotel Stella, we walked towards the main street and took a jeepney heading to Basilica del Sto Nino de Cebu. - our starting point of the walking tour itinerary.

  • Basilica Del Sto Nino de Cebu (Pres. Osmena Blvd., Cebu City)

Among the many historical sites we visited, the busiest is the Basilica Del Sto Nino de Cebu where people would go to pray, light a candle, and hear mass; by both locals and tourists alike. Basilica Del Sto. Nino de Cebu is the island's first church which was built on site where the image of the Sto.Nino was found in 1565.

Right beside the church is Magellan’s Cross, our second destination.

Magellan's-Cross
Magellan's-Cross

  • Magellan's Cross (Magallanes street)

Less than a hundred meters from the basilica is the famous Magellan's Cross.

Located at Magallanes street, the said cross was planted in commemoration of the arrival of the world-known Spanish coloniser Ferdinand Magellan in the Philippines back in 1521. It’s the most famous tourist landmark of Cebu City.

  • Fort San Pedro, Cebu City

About ten-minutes walk from Magellan's Cross is another heritage site known as Fort San Pedro of Cebu City.

It's the oldest fort in the country which was built in 1565. It's a military defense “fort” structure where a Sto Nino is located atop. On its second level are three tunnel-shaped windows overlooking the plaza.

Moreover, it has a museum housing relevant documents, sculptures, artefacts, paintings and other weaponries of old.

Cebu Heritage Park
Cebu Heritage Park

  • Cebu Heritage Park (Mabini Street, Parian, Cebu City)

A good long and healthy walk from Fort San Pedro is the Cebu Heritage Park. The plaza’s mural and sculptures show significant events, from the time of Rajah Humabon to the more recent canonization of San Pedro Calungsod.

Some of the activities held at Cebu Heritage Park includes heritage shows, Pasundayag: Cultural Talent Show, Now and Then Photo Contests, as well as food festivals featuring the province’s best.

  • Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House (155 Mabini Street, Parian, Cebu City)

Sharing the same street with Cebu Heritage Park is the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House. It is one of the oldest houses in Cebu built centuries ago.

Today, it houses a museum of culturally-relevant antiques and finds and is open to the public. Additionally, the house is a good manifestation of Philippine architecture during the Spanish era.

Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House
Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House

  • Museo Parian - 1730 Jesuit House (Zulueta Street, Tinago, Cebu City)

A stone’s throw away from the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House and located at Zulueta st. is the Museo Parian, 1730 Jesuit House. It's an 18th century architectural design house made of coral stone and is considered as the oldestdatedhouse in the Philippines standing since 1730.

Today, it houses 18th century relics of the past with a mix of Spanish, Filipino, and Chinese origins. It's one of the best places to visit when in Cebu City as it continues to educate people by revisiting the Spanish colonial times. Furthermore, it showcases the intermingling of the different cultures of Cebu.

Museo Parian is a perfect end-point for your Walking Itinerary Day Tour of Cebu City since some parts are also air-conditioned - a suitable reward for long day of walking. :)

On a side note, visitors who would like to shop for danggit and other dried fish, there's a jeepney that passes Zulueta street going to Taboan Market.

Museo Parian - 1730 Jesuit House
Museo Parian - 1730 Jesuit House
Lastly, here are some travel tips when joining a Walking Tour:

  1. Bring a bottle of water for refreshment.
  2. Wear sunnies, sunscreen, and hat when possible.
  3. Travel light! I suggest leaving the luggage at the hotel's concierge so you can move freely and comfortably.
  4. Bring your camera for capturing awesome memories; but don’t forget to bring an extra battery.
  5. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing.
  6. Bring valuables like smartphone, money, identification card.

We hope this Cebu City Walking Tour Itinerary was of great help. It’s always good to walk around on foot-pace giving you enough time to appreciate the surroundings and the day-to-day life and culture of the people in the vicinity you are touring.

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