Your Cebu City Itinerary: City Tour Guide For Short Stopover

You probably want to know what to visit and what to do in Cebu City but you don’t have much time. The following is a suggested guide for those who have short stopovers or who just wanted to have a side trip in the city.

The beaches in Cebu can be quite a distance if you are from the city and might not be a good idea to visit since it can be time consuming. Of course, if you wanted to visit the beach, it’s better if you actually spend more time in it since Cebu’s been blessed with beautiful beaches! Get to know more about the most beautiful spots to visit in Cebu at

Without further achuchu, here are are few of the places and things to do when you are in Cebu City.

For the Art & History Enthusiasts:

Downtown/Cebu City Proper

  • Fort San Pedro & Plaza Independencia & Malacañang sa Sugbo
  • Museo Sugbu
  • Casa Gorordo
  • Old San Diego House
  • Heritage of Cebu Monument (Parian)
  • Basilica del Santo Niño
  • Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral
  • Jose Rizal Memorial Library & Museum

For Nature & Adventure Lovers:

Uptown/Busay Area

  • Sirao Flower Farm
  • Terrazas De Flores Botanical Garden Cebu
  • Cebu Taoist Temple
  • Mountainview Nature Park
  • Tops Lookout

… plus tips on how to Eat Like A Local

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Cebu Heritage & Historic Sites

These historic sites are actually located in the downtown area of Cebu City. These are walking distance from each other.

Plaza Independencia, Fort San Pedro, Malacañang sa Sugbo are located at A. Pigafetta Street, which is near Pier 1 in downtown Cebu.

Plaza Independencia

This is a public park that serves as a symbol of independence and freedom from all the conquerors that tried to take over the island of Cebu.

Entrance Fee: NONE


Fort San Pedro

Fuerte de San Pedro is a military defence structure in Cebu, built by the Spanish under the command of Miguel López de Legazpi, first governor of the Captaincy General of the Philippines. Wikipedia

Entrance Fee: 30 pesos

Malacañang sa Sugbo

Malacañang sa Sugbo (English: Malacañang of Cebu, Filipino: Malakanyang sa Cebu) is the official residence of the President of the Philippines in the Visayas. – Wikipedia

This is the office of Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV) Michael Dino.



Museo Sugbu

Museo Sugbo is the Cebu Provincial Museum located in the former Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center, four blocks from Plaza Independencia. Wikipedia

Entrance Fee: 30 pesos

Location: 731 M. J. Cuenco Ave, Cebu City, 6000 Cebu

Hours Open:  9AM–5:30PM

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museo sugbu

Casa Gorordo

Built in the 1850s, this former residence of Juan Gorordo offers guided tours, a cafe & a gift shop. – Google Maps Entry of Casa Gorordo

P.S. This is maintained by RAFI, a nonprofit organization by the Aboitiz Group of Companies

Entrance Fee: 120 pesos (guided tour)

Location: No 35 Lopez Jaena, Cebu City, 6000 Cebu

Hours Open:   10AM–5PM

Casa Gorordo
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Yap- San Diego Ancestral House

Entrance Fee: 30 pesos

Location: 731 M. J. Cuenco Ave, Cebu City, 6000 Cebu

Hours Open:  9AM–5:30PM

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Heritage of Cebu Monument (Parian)

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Location: Pari-an (along the road, close to Yap-San Diego House)

Entrance Fee: NONE

Basilica del Santo Niño

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Entrance Fee: None

Location: Santo Nino Chapel Lane, Cebu City, Cebu

P.S. Visit the church’s museum.

Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral & Museum

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Entrance Fee: None

Location: P. Burgos St, Cebu City, Cebu

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Jose Rizal Memorial Library & Museum

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Hours Open:   8AM–5PM

Location: Osmeña Boulevard, Cebu City

Uptown/Busay Area

Sirao Flower Farm

Also called as “The Little Amsterdam”. The main attraction are the celosia flowers.

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Entrance Fee: 25 pesos

Location: Busay

Terrazas De Flores Botanical Garden Cebu

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A flower farm also in Busay area. They also have a cafe which visitors can dine in.

Entrance Fee: 100 pesos

Location: Busay

Cebu Taoist Temple

This temple is built by Cebu’s substantial Chinese community in 1972.

Entrance Fee: NONE

Location: Beverly Hills, Cebu City

Temple of Leah

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A Roman inspired museum by the Adarna family.

Entrance fee: 50 pesos

Hours Open: 6AM-11PM

Location: Busay

Tops Lookout


Entrance Fee: 100 pesos

Location: Busay

Mountainview Nature’s Park

Entrance Fee: 50 pesos

Location: Busay

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Eat like a local.

Try the following local food. They’re affordable and it’s either you’ll like it or you’ll like it. Yes, you will like it if you are adventurous when it comes to food!

  1. Tuslob Buwa
  2. Pungko2x (Ginabot)
  3. Siomai sa Tisa
  4. Larang

Suggested Itinerary (es):

If you are into art and history, choose the heritage sites/churches. If you like nature, flowers, and something adventurous, choose the Busay area. Take note though that you will be spending a lot of money if you choose the Busay area sightings since no public transpo are available (not to state the obvious fact that the entrance fees are really expensive). I suggest you take a habal2x and haggle when you can. There are businesses that provide tours that cost you about 400 pesos.

Kita kita ta sa Cebu City!


… remember:

splash that smile every mile!

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