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Why fly to Cebu?
The city is a fascinating blend of Chinese, Indonesian, Indian and Spanish among a few other nationalities. However today Cebu residents are moving more towards mixing the cultures and creating a truly local community that takes parts of the other identities to create a new whole.
The city sits on the province of the same name and is located on the eastern part of Cebu Island. It's landscape includes mountains and lakes. The hidden canyons in the city have spurned the new sport of canyoning where guides take folks on waterfall rapelling tours.
The city is home to several relgious sites that date back to the 16th century, the most prominent is Magellan's Cross, which is believed to have been planted in the city by Ferdinand Magellan. The cross now sits in a chapel and is visited by thousands and annually. Other popular sites include Fort San Pedro as well as the Casa Gorordo Museum.
Western shopping is available in the city, but head to the markets instead to get a taste of island flavor. And speaking of island flavor, let your inhibitions go and taste Cebu. The down-home restaurants in the city serve up Sisig which is an orchestra of pig head, cheek and liver. A Cebu specialty is Fish tinola which is a combo of fish, tamarind with slices of onion and tomato. Additionally, other traditional favorites include Lechon, which is liver sauce smothered pig roast but in Cebu the sauce is removed for a stuffing of star anise and lemon grass - your tastebuds will dance and thank you kindly.
Cebu is a sensory adventure from the moment you arrive, just be open to the new and you will enjoy a terrific and unique travelling experience.
Cebu is a hot city with temperatures ranging from the low 20s to the low 30s throughout the year. The city receives its share of rain with the heavies water hitting the city in the summer months of June through August.
When to fly to Cebu
The city is a great place to visit year round. Despite the rainy season flights are quickly booked up in the summer, leading to expensive flight tickets during that time. Early spring is also a popular time to visit as the weather is warm and the city is dry.
A good time to snag deals on flight tickets is late fall. October and November see a decline in visitor numbers which helps with the low pricing.
Getting into Cebu
Your gateway to Cebu opens up at the Mactan International Airport located just outside the city. From the airport you can hop on a bus or take a jeepny. Additionally, taxi service is also available.
Getting around Cebu
The city has several ways to get around besides walking. You can hop on to the local bus service which runs throughout the city, but getting where you want to go can take some time as there are many stops. You can also use the jeepneys, which is sort of like using a mini-bus crossed with a taxi, but in essence are jeeps left over from the days of the US occupation. Additionally, the city also has an electronic-rickshaw type contraption or if you just want to sit in a car, there are old-fashion, four-wheeled car taxis for that.
- Visit the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino, this is the oldest church in the country. This is also where the Santo Nino de Cebu statue sits and is very important to the country's people. The church itself was built in the early 16th century and has since been rebuilt several times due to a fire and age.
- Do some exploring at the Barili Cave, which is located in a town approximately an hour outside of the city. Travelling through the cave systems make for an interesting adventure and guides can help you through so you don't get lost.
- Head to the Olango Wildlife Sanctuary and learn about the numerous bird species that inhabit the island as well as the migratory birds that make a stop in Cebu as they travel from one part of the world to the other.
- If you visit the city in January you can take part in the Sinulog festival. This festival commemorates Santo Nino and large, colorful processions are seen throughout the city.
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