Adventure Diary: Vigan's Calle Crisologo
Mena Crisologo is a Filipino politician, poet and writer.One of his works, Mining wenno Ayat ti Kararawa, is often considered the Noli Me Tangere of the region.
Since he is well-loved and well-respected in Ilocos, he was named after the street that made Vigan City famous all over the world: Calle Crisologo.
Calle Crisologo will instantly transport you back in time with their picturesque houses and horse carriages. The houses are simple, naturally old-looking, but has survived many natural and man-made calamities.
Where To Stay in Vigan?
By 1PM, we've decided to check-in at our hotel, Hotel Veneto de Vigan, to rest and freshen up. The service of the hotel was so so, but the rooms were clean and modern. The breakfast is very limited, so you might want to consider some place else.
If money wasn't a concern, I'd book us at Hotel Luna because the interiors of that place is just incredible, but the price didn't seem practical for an overnight stay. Depending on the number of people, length of stay and overall budget, I also suggest you should check out the following: Hotel Salcedo, Gordion Hotel, and Grandpa's Inn.
Where To Eat in Vigan?
Food is the last thing you'll ever worry about in Vigan, because there are a hundred of restaurants and cafes to choose from!
The most famous restaurant in Calle Crisologo is Café Leona, but when I entered the place, I had a gut feeling my family might not enjoy it there. Am I being too judgy or picky? I only want our night in Vigan be served with pleasant experiences by going to the best of the best. After doing my research, I've decided we will have dinner at Bistro Amarillo and they did not disappoint!
We ordered a seafood platter, prawns, bagnet, 2-3 plates of leche flan and 4 bottles of mineral water. Everything only cost us PHP1,100!
Prior to my visit to Vigan, a lot of people said that "there's not much to see in Vigan" but I totally disagree. Although it was very quick, I felt like I've seen and learned a lot while I was in Vigan because I've watched a man form something wonderful using clay and mud; I got to roam around the house that holds so many stories about the sixth President of the country; and eat delicious good food. I thought my trip to Vigan was one of the best historical trip I've done in the Philippines.
Northern Luzon Adventure Series:
- Vigan's Top 5 Attractions
- Why You Should Visit Vigan's Syquia Mansion
- Adventure Diary: Calle Crisologo, Vigan
- What To See and Do in Paoay, Ilocos Norte
- Top 4 Sights To See in Pagudpud: The Boracay of the North