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Fort San Pedro: Our most recommended tours and activities

Mactan and Cebu Twin City Tour with Lunch

1. Mactan and Cebu Twin City Tour with Lunch

Explore the historic city of Cebu, a major cultural centre in the Philippines, and the oldest city in the country. First visited by Ferdinand Magellan in 1521, take a day to experience the city’s rich history and beautiful landmarks. Our tour will begin with the city's most famous landmark, Magellan's Cross. This cross, now housed in a chapel, is said to have been planted by Ferdinand Magellan when he arrived in the Philippines. Just a few steps away is the beautiful Basilica of the Holy Child. This Augustinian church was made a basilica in 1965 during the 400th year celebrations of Christianity in the Philippines. The church, which was the first to be established in the islands, is built of hewn stone and features the country's oldest relic, the figure of the Holy Child of Cebu. From here we will visit Fort San Pedro, built by Spanish and indigenous Cebuano labourers, followed by a stop at the Yap Ancestral House, a 300 hundred year old home that has been and converted into a showcasing a fantastic personal collection of antiques. Enjoy a peaceful visit to the Cebu Taoist Temple, and take in the beautiful view of Cebu City and the nearby cities of Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu. After the temple we will have lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, proceed to Mactan Island through Marcelo Fernan Bridge, connecting bridge Cebu City and Mactan Island. Our first stop in Mactan will be the Lapu-Lapu shrine, a 20-meter bronze statue, built in honor of indigenous hero Datu Lapu-Lapu. Finally, we visit a local guitar factory to see how traditional Philippine guitars are made, before dropping you back off at your hotel.

Cebu City: Half-Day Tour with Shopping

2. Cebu City: Half-Day Tour with Shopping

Discover the oldest colonial city of the Philippines by experiencing the charm of old Cebu and its most famous landmark, Magellan's Cross. The cross was first planted in 1521 to mark the spot where the native Filipinos were baptized into the Catholic faith. The next stop is the Fort San Pedro, which was the nucleus of the first Spanish settlement in the country and now has been turned into a museum park. The tour will then continue to visit the St. Nino Church, Hertigate Monument, Yap-San Diego Ancestral House, and the Taoist Temple (temporarily closed) at Beverly Hills. The final stop will be the handicraft stores for your shopping enjoyment.

Historical & Mountain City Tour - Perfect for Sunset

3. Historical & Mountain City Tour - Perfect for Sunset

1. Fort San Pedro: Our first stop is Fort San Pedro, the oldest triangular bastion fort in the Philippines, which dates back to the 16th century. It was built by the Spanish under the command of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, the first Governor-General of the Philippines. As you step into the fort's grounds, you'll be transported back in time, walking along the massive walls and ramparts. Explore the inner sanctums, where you can find exhibits and artifacts that depict Cebu's colonial past. The fort's strategic location offers a beautiful view of the nearby port and the bustling cityscape. 2. Magellan's Cross: Next, we head to Magellan's Cross, an essential historical and religious landmark. Planted by Ferdinand Magellan in 1521 upon his arrival in Cebu, it symbolizes the introduction of Christianity to the Philippines. The cross is encased in a small chapel to protect it from the elements and curious onlookers. Witness the devout locals lighting candles and offering prayers, creating a serene and spiritual atmosphere. 3. Temple of Leah: Our tour now takes us to the breathtaking Temple of Leah, a grand tribute to undying love and an architectural masterpiece. Built by Teodorico Soriano Adarna as a symbol of his love for his late wife Leah Albino-Adarna, this temple stands as a lavish display of art, sculptures, and Roman-inspired architecture. From its elevated location, you'll be treated to a stunning panoramic view of Cebu City and the surrounding mountains. 4. Sachiko's Little Kyoto: Prepare to be enchanted as we visit Sachiko's Little Kyoto, a hidden gem inspired by the beauty of Kyoto, Japan. Wander through meticulously landscaped gardens, stone pathways, and traditional Japanese structures. The serene ambiance creates a sense of tranquility, offering a wonderful escape from the bustling city. Take in the sights, breathe in the fresh air, and appreciate the fusion of Japanese and Filipino aesthetics. 5. Sirao Flower Garden: Our mountain adventure continues as we venture to the colorful Sirao Flower Garden, popularly known as the "Little Amsterdam of Cebu." This floral paradise is perched on the slopes of the mountains and showcases a stunning array of blooms. Stroll through rows of vibrant flowers like celosia, sunflowers, and roses, providing the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable photo session. 6. Dinner at Mr A Restaurant: As the day comes to a close, we head to Mr A restaurant, a top-notch dining establishment known for its delectable cuisine and panoramic views. Situated on a hilltop, this restaurant provides a breathtaking 360-degree view of Cebu City, its skyline, and the twinkling lights below. Savor a sumptuous dinner featuring a diverse range of local and international dishes while enjoying the enchanting cityscape as it transforms during sunset into a sea of lights.

Cebu City Historical Street and Food Tour

4. Cebu City Historical Street and Food Tour

It's exciting to hear that you're planning to explore the Farmers Market of Cebu City and sample some of the local street food, including seafood and typical Filipino fare. Filipino street food is renowned for its bold flavors and unusual combinations. Some of the most well-known street foods in the Philippines are balut, which is a boiled fertilized duck egg that's traditionally eaten with salt.

Cebu Day Tour with Pick-up, Drop-off and Lunch

5. Cebu Day Tour with Pick-up, Drop-off and Lunch

Explore the home of the original and oldest religious relic in the Philippines in honor to the Holy Child Jesus, the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño. Experience getting a Sinulog from the candle vendors who sells candles to be lit for the Santo Niño, offering it to the Child God in a dance. Travel back centuries ago through the historical feels of Fort San Pedro. Enjoy a Filipino delicacy. See up close the Magellan's Cross, a Christian cross planted by the Portuguese and Spanish explorers headed by Ferdinand Magellan. Visit another one of the first churches in the Philippines, the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral just a walking distance from the Basilica. Explore the oldest and smallest fort in the Philippines and is one of the city's pride, Fort San Pedro. It is a military defense structure in Cebu, Philippines, built by the Spaniards. Visit and learn more about Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House, a historic residence constructed in the 17th century featuring hand-carved furniture, art & a garden. After these historic visits, have a lunch at the highlands of Cebu. Visit Cebu Taoist Temple. It is one of the most popular attractions in Cebu City. It is filled with classical Chinese architecture, sculptures and calligraphy. If you want an "Instagrammable" picture, we have the Sirao Flower Garden also known as The Little Amsterdam of Cebu City. Definitely one of the main attractions in Cebu. Visit Temple of Leah also called as "Taj Mahal" in Cebu. It is one of the top cultural and historical sites in Cebu City. Temple of Leah has 24 chambers housing a library, bar, museum, and gallery.

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What people are saying about Fort San Pedro

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 22 reviews

An excellent value. Our tour guide Grace was not only an enjoyable companion but also highly informative of the history of Cebu and Mactan. We visited all the major sites and had an great lunch as well.