Embark on an unforgettable journey to Ilocos Norte and immerse yourself in its awe-inspiring attractions. This charming province boasts a rich cultural heritage, with ancient landmarks and architectural marvels that will transport you back in time. The region also boasts some of the most stunning beaches in the Philippines, where you can bask in the warm sun, swim in crystal-clear waters, and indulge in thrilling water sports. Additionally, the breathtaking landscapes and majestic views of the province will leave you awestruck. Whether you’re traveling with your loved ones or friends, get ready to experience an exhilarating adventure that you’ll cherish forever.


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.


  1. Adams
  2. Bacarra
  3. Badoc
  4. Bangui
  5. Banna
  6. Batac
  7. Burgos
  8. Carasi
  9. Currimao
  10. Dingras
  11. Dumalneg
  12. Laoag
  13. Marcos
  14. Nueva Era
  15. Pagudpud
  16. Paoay
  17. Pasuquin
  18. Piddig
  19. Pinili
  20. San Nicolas
  21. Sarrat
  22. Solsona
  23. Vintar


  • BY BUS
    Take a bus to Laoag from Cubao or Pasay (Partas Bus, Florida Bus, Fariñas Transit)
    Use Google Maps or Waze for precise directions. It takes about 12 hours to travel by land from Manila.
    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 is in 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.


  1. Ani Festival in Dingras (March)
  2. Bac-bacarra Festival in Bacarra (November)
  3. Empanada Festival in Batac (June)
  4. Guling-guling Festival in Paoay (February)
  5. Pamulinawen Festival in Laoag (February)
  6. Panagabuos Festival in Banna (April)
  7. Pinakbet Festival in Marcos (March)



1. Anat Falls

Nestled in the heart of nature, Anat Falls is a breathtaking oasis that beckons you to unwind and soak in its tranquil beauty. The cascading waters form a mesmerizing spectacle, their gentle roar creating a soothing soundtrack that blends harmoniously with the rustling of leaves and chirping of birds. Surrounded by lush greenery, the falls seem to transport you to a world of serenity and peace, where time slows down, and worries melt away.

2. Bangui Windmills

Behold the grandeur of the Bangui Windmills, an impressive assembly of towering wind turbines that harness the power of renewable energy. Set against the stunning backdrop of the crystal-clear azure sea, the windmills create a spectacular sight that leaves one feeling awestruck.

3. Bantay Abot Cave

Discover the enchanting allure of Bantay Abot Cave, a mesmerizing geological wonder that entices explorers to unravel its mysterious beauty. This unique rock formation is a marvel of nature, with its intriguing shape and captivating surroundings, making it a popular destination among adventurers seeking an unforgettable experience.

4. Blue Lagoon

Escape to the idyllic Blue Lagoon, where the calm and serene waters sparkle like diamonds and the unspoiled white sand shores invite you to unwind and soak up the sun. Immerse yourself in the tranquil ambiance of this heavenly beach destination and let it work its magic, soothing your mind and body, and leaving you feeling refreshed and renewed.

5. Kabigan Falls

Embarking on a trek to Kabigan Falls is a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Philippines. As you make your way through the lush surroundings, you’ll hear the soothing sound of cascading waters growing louder with each step. And then, finally, you’ll be rewarded with the breathtaking sight of the waterfall itself – a mesmerizing display of nature’s power and grace. The verdant greenery that surrounds the falls only adds to the enchantment of this magical place.

6. Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

Behold the breathtaking and surreal beauty of the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, where the sheer power of nature has created a mesmerizing display of stunning limestone formations, each sculpted into unique shapes and patterns by the relentless forces of wind and water. Prepare to be amazed as you witness nature’s artistic prowess on full display at this awe-inspiring location.

7. Paoay Lake National Park

Discover the serene beauty of Paoay Lake National Park, where the lush greenery and calm waters coexist in perfect harmony, creating a breathtaking landscape that’s perfect for leisurely walks and birdwatching. Immerse yourself in the tranquil ambiance of this picturesque setting, and let the serenity of nature soothe your soul.

8. Pasaleng Beach

Indulge in the warmth of the sun, feel the softness of the sand between your toes, and let the gentle waves of the sea wash away your worries at Pasaleng Beach. This unspoiled and picturesque stretch of coastline beckons you to relax and revel in the magnificence of the natural world.

9. The Winding Patapat Bridge

Experience the breathtaking beauty of the coastline and rugged cliffs as you cross the magnificent expanse of The Winding Patapat Bridge – a true marvel of engineering. Enjoy the panoramic views that this architectural masterpiece has to offer, and immerse yourself in the stunning natural scenery that surrounds you.

10. Timangtang Rock

Prepare to be amazed by the spectacular beauty of Timangtang Rock, an awe-inspiring limestone structure that rises majestically above the earth. From its lofty heights, you can soak in the stunning vistas of the surrounding terrain and marvel at the natural wonder that lies before you.

11. Saud Beach Resort

Allow yourself to indulge in a serene escape at Saud Beach Resort – a tropical haven boasting breathtakingly beautiful shores and verdant natural surroundings that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and invigorated.


1. Bacarra Church

Transport yourself to a bygone era and marvel at the grandeur of Bacarra Church, an awe-inspiring architectural masterpiece that stands tall as a testament to Ilocos Norte’s illustrious colonial past. With its towering facade, intricate details, and rich history, this centuries-old church offers a glimpse into the region’s cultural heritage and is a must-visit destination for history buffs and architecture enthusiasts alike. It is a testament to Ilocos Norte’s illustrious colonial past. With its towering facade, intricate details, and rich history, this centuries-old church offers a glimpse into the region’s cultural heritage and is a must-visit destination for history buffs and architecture enthusiasts alike.

2. Cape Bojeador Lighthouse

Nestled atop a rocky cliff, Cape Bojeador Lighthouse stands tall as a magnificent symbol of maritime history. For centuries, this iconic beacon has been the guiding light for seafarers, leading them safely through treacherous waters. With its striking architecture and panoramic views of the coastline, Cape Bojeador Lighthouse is also a must-visit destination for anyone seeking a breathtaking adventure. Climb to the top and ascend to new heights as you take in the stunning vistas of the sea and the sky, and marvel at the sheer beauty of this historic landmark.

3. Church of the Immaculate Conception

Immerse yourself in the grandeur of the Church of the Immaculate Conception, a prestigious UNESCO World Heritage Site that is widely recognized for its exquisitely intricate architecture and remarkable historical significance. Prepare to be captivated by the church’s stunning beauty and its rich cultural heritage that has been preserved for generations to come.

4. Dos Hermanos Islands

Embark on a breathtaking boat journey to the mystical Dos Hermanos Islands, two mesmerizing islets that are steeped in legend and surrounded by crystal-clear, turquoise waters that are teeming with an incredible array of marine life. Get ready to be awed by the stunning natural beauty of these islands and witness an unforgettable display of aquatic wonders.

5. Juan Luna Shrine

Pay homage to the legacy of renowned artist Juan Luna at his eponymous shrine, which showcases his masterpieces and celebrates his contributions to Philippine art.

6. Gov. Roque Ablan Sr. Shrine

Learn about the life and legacy of Gov. Roque Ablan Sr. at his shrine, a tribute to his enduring commitment to public service and the welfare of the Ilocano people.

7. La Virgen Milagrosa de Badoc Church

Experience the fervent devotion at La Virgen Milagrosa de Badoc Church, a pilgrimage site revered for its miraculous image of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

8. Laoag Sinking Bell Tower

Witness a unique architectural marvel at Laoag Sinking Bell Tower, where history and mystery converge in a structure that leans due to the shifting sands beneath it.

9. Madongan Dam

Discover the engineering marvel of Madongan Dam, an ancient irrigation system that has sustained agricultural communities for centuries.

10. Malacanang Of The North

Step into the grandeur of Malacanang Of The North, the former presidential residence that offers a glimpse into the opulent lifestyle of the Marcos family.

11. Marcos Museum and Mausoleum

Delve into Philippine history at Marcos Museum and Mausoleum, where exhibits and artifacts commemorate the life and legacy of former President Ferdinand Marcos.

12. Museo Ilocos Norte

Explore the rich cultural heritage of Ilocos Norte at Museo Ilocos Norte, where exhibits and artifacts showcase the traditions and craftsmanship of the Ilocano people.

13. Santa Monica Church Complex

Experience the architectural splendor of Santa Monica Church Complex, a historic landmark that reflects the enduring faith and cultural heritage of the Ilocano community.

14. St Augustine’s Church

Admire the timeless beauty of St Augustine’s Church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its exquisite architecture and religious significance.

15. St. William’s Cathedral

Pay homage to the patron saint of Ilocos Norte at St. William’s Cathedral, a majestic church that stands as a beacon of faith and spirituality.


  1. Admire the magnificent Kapupurawan rock formation.
  2. Climb some steps to reach the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse.
  3. Climb up to the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse.
  4. Explore the Malacanang of the North.
  5. Feel the breeze from Bangui’s windmills.
  6. Sandboard and ride a 4×4 in the dunes.
  7. Stop by and enjoy the view from the Patapat Viaduct.
  8. Try sandboarding.
  9. Try ziplining and other activities at Blue Lagoon
  10. Visit Ilocos Norte’s largest church.
  11. Visit the fourth-longest bridge in the country.
  12. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Church of Paoay.
Photo of Paoay Church in Ilocos Norte
Paoay Church


  1. Abrillantadas
    A sugar-coated crystallized colored coconut candy.
  2. Anakan
    A meat dish that resembles pork kilawen.
  3. Bagbagis
    Crispy fried pork intestines. Bagis is Ilocano for intestine.
  4. Batac Miki
  5. Bulong Unas Dating
    Dried fish (cutlassfish, a sword-like species) dipped in sukang Iloko (sugarcane vinegar with live, wriggly worms, which are edible).
  6. Buridibud
    Soup made from malunggay pods and sweet potatoes.
  7. Callente
    Boiled cow or carabao skin stewed in vinegar, ginger, salt, and a small amount of cow brain.
  8. Crispy Dinuguan
    Dinuguan is made with bagnet slices.
  9. Dinakdakan
    Sisig-like dish with pig brain.
  10. Dinemdem
    Dinengdeng with malunggay pods.
  11. Dinengdeng
    Lowland vegetable stew in bagoong.
  12. Dinoydoy
    Sautéed squash and ampalaya in onions and broth.
  13. Dudol
    A toffee-like dark brown rice cake variety, also known as maja blanca Ilocana
  14. Gamet soup
    Soup with seaweed
  15. Hibol
    Ilocanos’ version of mami and batchoy, a greenish, papaitan-like soup with pancit lusay or miki topped with innards.
  16. Tamalis
    Boiled ipon wrapped in banana leaf and steamed with onions and tomatoes.
  17. Inartem nga kamas
    Turnip strips or seasonal fruits steeped in saltwater.
  18. Lomo-Lomo
    Soup with beef tenderloin.
  19. Padas
    Bagoong made from fermented small ziganid fish.
  20. Pinakbet or Pakbet
    Bagoong-based eggplant, ampalaya, tomato, and okra stew.
  21. Poqui-poqui
    Grilled and peeled eggplant, tomatoes, onions, and boiled egg slices.
  22. Sinanglaw
    Ilocano goat spareribs with eggplant and okra; Ilocandia’s papaitan.
  23. Siniwsiwan
    Native chicken soup with broth, bile, and ginger, spiced with native chilis.
  24. Sukang Iloco
    Cane vinegar.
  25. Tupig
    Sticky rice thinly spread and rolled in banana leaf, then grilled over hot oven embers.
  26. Yusi
    Soup of beef tenderloin with chives and gamet.


  1. Ilocos Chichacorn
  2. Bagnet
  3. Empanada and
  4. Miki from Batac
  5. Raw garlic
  6. Basi Wine
  7. Sukang Iloco
  8. Longganisa
  9. Inabel (Woven Cloth)
  10. Rice Coffee