Unbeknownst to a lot of people, a little beautifully preserved Spanish town still lies in Vigan. Calle Crisologo is only one among the very few Hispanic Towns left in the Philippines and is also an official World Heritage Site. This small town will allow tourists a sneak peek into a time where the Vigans lived prosperously due to the Manila-Acapulco trade.
Calle Crisologo is filled with Spanish-style houses built with red-tiled roofs, enormous doors or staircases, high ceilings, thick walls and magnificent sliding windows made out of capiz shells. They are a treasure indeed, so the owners strive to maintain their picture-perfect beauty. Some houses were transformed into little shops that sell the best products found in Vigan, like woodcrafts, antiques, food, basi wine and more. While the others were turned into inns, checking in will let you experience all the beauty of it even more.
If you want to take an even closer look the fine woodwork and craftsmanship, then search for some of the houses that were turned into museums instead.
A guide through four blocks of pure history will only cost you five hundred pesos. The best part is you don’t have to walk, you can take a cool calesa ride instead. Visit during the day so you’ll have tons of shops to choose from, but to experience the best ambiance in this beautiful town, we suggest that you tour during the night. Calle Crisologo’s adored lamp-lit streets will add more to that 18th century feeling unlike any other.