Explore Ilocos Norte and discover its amazing tourist spots. From historical sites, beautiful beaches, to breathtaking views, the province has something unique for everyone. Get ready for a fun-filled adventure with friends and family.
ABOUT ILOCOS NORTE
Ilocos Norte is a province in the Philippines’ northernmost region. Laoag City is its capital. It is located in the northwest corner of Luzon Island, with Cagayan and Apayao to the east and Abra and Ilocos Sur to the south. The South China Sea borders Ilocos Norte on the west and the Luzon Strait on the north.
The name Ilocos was derived from the local word “ylokos,” which means “lowlands.”
Pagudpud, located at the province’s northernmost tip, is known for its beaches, such as Blue Lagoon, the bell-shaped Timmangtang Rock, and the towering Kabigan Falls.
LIST OF MUNICIPALITIES IN ILOCOS NORTE
- Nueva Era
- San Nicolas
HOW TO GET TO ILOCOS NORTE
- BY BUS
Take a bus to Laoag from Cubao or Pasay (Partas Bus, Florida Bus, Fariñas Transit)
- BY PRIVATE CAR
Use Google Maps or Waze for precise directions. It takes about 12 hours to travel by land from Manila.
- BY PLANE
There are direct flights from NAIA to Laoag International Airport in Ilocos Norte. The journey takes one hour and ten minutes.
THE BEST TIME TO VISIT ILOCOS NORTE
The best time to visit Ilocos Norte is in the months of March, April, May, June, and July which are the peak season in Loaog.
This province has a dry season from November to April and a wet season from May to October. Tropical cyclones and storms pass through the province on occasion during the southwest monsoon season.
FESTIVALS IN ILOCOS NORTE
- Ani Festival in Dingras (March)
- Bac-bacarra Festival in Bacarra (November)
- Empanada Festival in Batac (June)
- Guling-guling Festival in Paoay (February)
- Pamulinawen Festival in Laoag (February)
- Panagabuos Festival in Banna (April)
- Pinakbet Festival in Marcos (March)
LIST OF THE BEST TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN ILOCOS NORTE
- Anat Falls
- Aqua Grand
- Bacarra Church
- Bangui Windmills
- Bantay Abot Cave
- Blue Lagoon
- Cabongaoan Beach
- Cape Bojeador Lighthouse
- Church of the Immaculate Conception
- Dos Hermanos Islands
- Gov. Roque Ablan Sr. Shrine
- Juan Luna Shrine
- Kabigan Falls
- Kapurpurawan Rock Formation
- La Virgen Milagrosa de Badoc Church
- Laoag Sinking Bell Tower
- Madongan Dam
- Malacanang Of The North
- Marcos Museum and Mausoleum
- Museo Ilocos Norte
- Paoay Church
- Paoay Lake National Park
- Pasaleng Beach
- Santa Monica Church Complex
- Saud Beach Resort
- St Augustine’s Church
- St. William’s Cathedral
- The Winding Patapat Bridge
- Timangtang Rock
BEST THINGS TO DO IN ILOCOS NORTE
- Admire the magnificent Kapupurawan rock formation.
- Climb some steps to reach the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse.
- Climb up to the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse.
- Explore the Malacanang of the North.
- Feel the breeze from Bangui’s windmills.
- Sandboard and ride a 4×4 in the sand dunes.
- Stop by and enjoy the view from the Patapat Viaduct.
- Try sandboarding.
- Try ziplining and other activities at Blue Lagoon
- Visit Ilocos Norte’s largest church.
- Visit the fourth-longest bridge in the country.
- Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Church of Paoay.
THE BEST MUST-TRY FOODS IN ILOCOS NORTE
A sugar-coated crystallized colored coconut candy.
A meat dish that resembles pork kilawen.
Crispy fried pork intestines. Bagis is Ilocano for intestine.
- Batac Miki
- Bulong Unas Dating
Dried fish (cutlassfish, a sword-like species) dipped in sukang Iloko (sugarcane vinegar with live, wriggly worms, which are edible).
Soup made from malunggay pods and sweet potatoes.
Boiled cow or carabao skin stewed in vinegar, ginger, salt, and a small amount of cow brain.
- Crispy Dinuguan
Dinuguan made with bagnet slices.
Sisig-like dish with pig brain.
Dinengdeng with malunggay pods.
Lowland vegetable stew in bagoong.
Sautéed squash and ampalaya in onions and broth.
A toffee-like dark brown rice cake variety, also known as maja blanca Ilocana
- Gamet soup
Soup with seaweed
Ilocanos’ version of mami and batchoy, a greenish, papaitan-like soup with pancit lusay or miki topped with innards.
Boiled ipon wrapped in banana leaf and steamed with onions and tomatoes.
- Inartem nga kamas
Turnip strips or seasonal fruits steeped in saltwater.
Soup with beef tenderloin.
Bagoong made from fermented small ziganid fish.
- Pinakbet or Pakbet
Bagoong-based eggplant, ampalaya, tomato, and okra stew.
Grilled and peeled eggplant, tomatoes, onions, and boiled egg slices.
Ilocano goat spareribs with eggplant and okra; Ilocandia’s papaitan.
Native chicken soup with broth, bile, and ginger, spiced with native chilis.
- Sukang Iloco
Sticky rice thinly spread and rolled in banana leaf, then grilled over hot oven embers.
Soup of beef tenderloin with chives and gamet.
THE BEST PRODUCTS TO BUY IN ILOCOS NORTE
- Ilocos Chichacorn
- Empanada and
- Miki from Batac
- Raw garlic
- Basi Wine
- Sukang Iloco
- Inabel (Woven Cloth)
- Rice Coffee