Ilocos Norte (Tourist Spots, DIY Travel Guide, Things you need to know)

Ilocos Norte tourist spots
ENJOY THE BEAUTY OF PAGUDPUD: Situated at the Northern tip Luzon, Pagudpud is one of top tourist attractions and destinations in Ilocos Norte. It also claims the title: "Boracay of the North" - that's according to the tourists and travelers who experienced its beauty. Pagudpud has a similarity with Boracay from the white sand shoreline, to the crystal clear waters of the Blue Lagoon, to the relaxing and cool sea breeze, to the golden sunset, up to the remarkable activities during the day and parties in the evening.

TAKE PHOTO WITH BANGUI WINDMILL AND FARM ON THE BACKGROUND: Installed along the shoreline of Bangui Bay, Bangui, Ilocos Norte and was considered as the largest wind farm in South East Asia. There are  a total of 20 large wind turbines and each turbines has three rotor blades. Bangui wind farm produces 50% of the electricity consumption of Ilocos Norte. Aside from the electricity supply being harnessed, Bangui wind farm is certified Eco-friendly and promotes environmental sustainability by producing less carbon compared to other power generators around the world. Aside from that, Bangui wind farm is also one of the tourist attractions and destinations in Ilocos Norte which brings work and income to the locals.

DISCOVER THE HISTORY CAPE BOJEADOR LIGHTHOUSE OR BURGOS LIGHTHOUSE: it is a 65 feet lighthouse situated on top of the Vigia de Nagpartian Hill in Ilocos Norte. It was designed by Magin Pers and Pers and was built in 1887 but was first lit on March 30, 1892 to guide the sea fairer passing by the waters of Ilocos Norte. Today, Cape Bojeador or Burgos Lighthouse is one of attractions and destinations in Ilocos Norte.

SEE THE SHAPE OF THE KAPURPURAWAN ROCK FORMATION: it is a limestone formation located along Bangui Bay. Because of the pressure of the waves and acidity of the water, the limestone by the hill was shaped into something artistic. Today, is known as the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation - one of the famous landmark and attractions in in Ilocos Norte.

KNOW THE HISTORY OF PAOAY CHURCH also know as St. Augustine Church in Paoay, Ilcos Norte. It is one of the oldest churches in the Philippines and was one of the list of UNESCO World heritage sites in 1993. Paoay Church has an impressive and stunning structural design. In front has a combination of baroque, Gothic, and oriental design. On the side, there are 24 large buttresses that serves as a back up and supports the church's foundation against earthquake and other calamities. Inside Paoay Church, there's a golden altar with St. Augustine in the center. Don't forget, its bell tower served as the watch tower of the Katipuneros during the Spanish period.

Paoay Sand Dunes
VISIT AND EXPERIENCE THE PAOAY SAND DUNES is another thrilling spot in Ilocos Norte. No passport? No budget? but want to experience the sand in the Middle East? Paoay Sand Dunes is for you! The sand dunes area stretches from Currimao to Pasuquin, a wide area that can accommodate a lot of tourists and visitors. It is composed of plain sand, with the help of the wind, different dunes, slopes and waves are formed. You can rent a 4 X 4 and drive passing on the slopes and hills of the sand. Sand boarding is also highly recommended.

If you're in Pagudpud, there are a lot of transient houses, hotels and resorts. You can stay at Polaris Beach Resort, Saud Beach Resort, Casa Victoria Resort and Restaurant, Northridge Resort, and Terra Rika Beach and Dive Resort. Just by searching the keyword "Pagudpud" on facebook, it will give you a lot of options.

There are a lot tour packages online. If you're in a group, you can search for an organizer on Facebook but BE CAREFUL. There are buses from Manila bound for Laoag or Vigan, Ilocos Norte. You can inquire at Florida, Partas, or Farinas bus lines for their trips. If via air: Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines has regular flight from Manila to Laoag.

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