Hidden Gems in Ilocos Sur

by Claire Belarde /
May 18, 2022
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Hidden Gems in Ilocos Sur SHOOR

Ilocos Sur is known for centuries-old architecture, Vigan longganisa, and the cobblestone streets of Calle Crisologo. While we love taking in the province’s scenery, soaking up the sun’s rays, and filling our empty stomachs with food that can only be found in the North, it’s certainly not everything the province has to offer. Check out these amazing destinations and food you can try on your next visit to Ilocos Sur:

Where to Enjoy the Heat

Sangbay Falls

Sangbay Falls Ilocos Sur SHOOR
Sangbay Falls. Photo from Baluarte Falls/Sangbay via Facebook.

Need to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city? Head on over to Sangbay Falls in Salcedo, Ilocos Sur. This budget-friendly trip has an entrance fee of only Php 20, which includes access to the relaxing waterfall as well as a wonderful mountain vista as a bonus side trip.

P.S. Prepare for a long walk, it will be fun!

For more information, check out their Facebook page.

Kagutungan Falls

Kagutungan Falls Ilocos Sur SHOOR
Kagutungan Falls.  Photo from Daligan Tourist Site via Facebook.

Take a breather from your regular routine and retreat to the Kagutungan Falls of Sta. Cruz, Ilocos Sur. This trip is perfect for adventure-seekers eager to experience walking on a hanging bridge that sways with each step and going on a short trek before reaching your destination. Another budget-friendly trip for only Php 20, this spot is also ideal for a picnic with friends and family.

For more information, check out their Facebook page.

Sabangan Cove and Biak na Bato

Sabangan Cove Ilocos Sur SHOOR
Sabangan Cove. Photo from Vitalis White Sands via Facebook.
Biak na Bato Ilocos Sur SHOOR
Biak na Bato. Photo from @senyoritakaye via instagram.

Care for a beach trip to the North? Located in Santiago, Ilocos Sur, Sabangan Cove is known as the “white sand of the North.” Its fine white sand and calm waters make it one of the nicest beaches in Ilocos Sur. This destination is great for picnics and family outings, especially if you want to try watersports activities!

You can also take a quick side trip to Mapisi Rock, located just minutes away from the cove. Better known as Biak na Bato, the large coral rocks are a fascinating site to explore, offering you a close look at the best of what nature has to offer. 

For more information, check out their Facebook page.

Sta. Catalina Beach 

Sta. Catalina Beach Ilocos Sur SHOOR
Sta. Catalina Beach. Photo from Glezelle Ramirez Seguban via Facebook.

Sta. Catalina Beach is located just 15 minutes away from Vigan City, so you don’t need to worry about a long drive. If you want to spend time on a long stretch of fine gray sand with a cool breeze from the west and clear cold water, then these will definitely be the reasons for you to stay and come back! 

For more information, check out their Facebook page.

Where You Can Fill Your Empty Stomach

Inapuyan Resto Grill

Bagnet Kare Kare Ilocos Sur SHOOR
Bagnet Kare-kare. Photo from Inapuyan Resto Grill – Candon via Facebook. 

This restaurant serves Filipino cuisine with an Ilocano twist. The name Inapuyan comes from the Ilocano words “inapoy” which means “rice” and “inapuyan” which means “to set fire.” Located in Candon, Ilocos Sur, this restaurant is known as the home of the best sinigang na lechon, and for its amazing Bagnet Kare-kare, a dish that combines juicy and crispy bagnet with the delectable peanut sauce of Kare-kare that will undoubtedly delight your taste buds. 

For more information, check out their Facebook page.

Cafe Leona Restaurant

Bagnet Bacon Maki Ilocos Sur SHOOR
Bagnet-Bacon Maki. Photo from @cafeleona via Instagram.
Pinakbet Pizza Ilocos Sur SHOOR
Pinakbet Pizza. Photo from @rome.skyy via Instagram.

Who knew Ilocano cuisine pairs well with other cuisines? Cafe Leona offers a fusion of Ilocano, Japanese, and Italian food. Must-try items on their menu include their famous Bagnet-Bacon Maki (bagnet wrapped in bacon) and their Pinakbet Pizza with its thin crust and vigan longganisa topping. Wonder what these amazing flavors taste like altogether? Try it for yourself! 

Check out their Facebook Page and Instagram for more information.

Pagburnayan’s Empanada Food Corner

Empanada Ilocos Sur SHOOR
Empanada. Photo from Pagburnayan’s Empanada Food Corner via Facebook.

Your North trip won’t be complete without tasting Ilocos Sur’s most famous food: the empanada. This sticks out from other empanadas because of the crispiness of its dough thanks to its secret ingredient: rice flour, which helps create that perfect crispy exterior. Inside are papaya, egg, chopped onions, and, of course, the famous Vigan longganisa. Don’t miss your chance to try this iconic snack!

For more information, check out their Facebook page. 

LSJ Cornik

LSJ Cornik Ilocos Sur SHOOR
Chichacorn. Photo from LSJ Cornik via Facebook.  

Buying pasalubong before returning home is, of course, a classic Filipino custom. One thing that will bring back memories of the North is their very own Chichacorn from LSJ Cornik, known as “the original chichacorn in town.” The crunchy snack is made of glutinous corn with apog as the main ingredient, making it easier to chew. You can also check out their kalamay, a sticky and sweet treat made with brown sugar, coconut milk, and glutinous rice. These will definitely satisfy your cravings!

For more information, check out their Facebook page.

As the world slowly shifts back to normal, everyone is understandably excited to travel once again. Make sure to include these destinations in your itinerary and have great fun on your next trip to the North!

Interested in traveling elsewhere? Check out our other guides on hidden gems found in Coron, La Union, and Boracay.

Claire is a Copy Intern of SHOOR. Some people might know her as the lady who spends her days with series and sequels, or the lady who shuns nighttime hangouts? Yet, none of you are aware of her fondness for traveling to Europe to immerse herself in the Regency era.

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