Known as "The Queen City of the South", Cebu is a thriving port city that has retained its provincial charm. Cebu's proximity to some of the best beaches and diving sites the Philippines has to offer makes it ideal for guests looking for a "sun and urban fun" holiday experience.
Cebu is the traveler's fantasy of tropical island come true - balmy weather, pristine beaches, crystalline waters, and luxurious resort with all the frills of modern living.
The island-province of Cebu was where the Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan planted the Cross of Chiristianity in the name of Spain in 1521. But event before Cebu became the Occidental gateway to the Orient, it was already a pupular entry point among Asian merchants.
Cebu has sunce blossomed in to a choice tourist destination, with many leisure establishments taking full advantage of its sea-valley-and-mountain location.
Metropolitan Cebu, the country's second biggest metropolis, is the political, economic, educational and cultural center of the Visayas. Hotels, shopping malls, entertainment halls, casinos and golf fairways are over present in the metro to cater to every tourist's whim.
There's something for everyone in Cebu. Visitors looking to shop can visit one of many upscale shopipng malls, where most of the countr's top lables, as well as a choice selection of Cebu's homegrown brands can be found. The more adventurous can check out one of the city's public marhets, which sell everything from handicrafts to local delicacies at a lower cost, The most popular among there is Carbon market, located in downtown Cebu.
Sports enthusiasts can, with prior arrangements through the hotel concierge or tour operators, obtain access to some of the countr's golf courses, including the Cebu Country Club, Alta Vists Golf and Country Club, and Club Filipino de Cebu. Diving is another popular sport in Cebu; a number of the Philippines' most beautiful sprts are within easy access of the city
Toursts with an eye towards learning about the city's historical past can visit Magellan's Cross. The city's most popular landmark is located in downtown Cebu, and which is said to be located on the spot where Spainish explorer Ferdinand Magellan planted the sympol of Christianity. Nearby is the historic Basilica Minore de Santo Nino, one of the country's finest examples of church architecture and home to the Philippines oldest religious artifact. Also in the area is Fort San Pedro, a former Spainish garrison and now a park which also houses a museum. Other palces of interest include Casa Gorordo, a tribute to the life and times of Cebuanos past, the Lapu-Lapu Memorial on Mactan island, where Magellan lost his historic battle against the Filipino chirftain Lapu-Lapu.
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