Considered the 'Queen City of the South', Cebu is a city on the Island of Cebu and is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the Philippines. The country's busiest sea port, Cebu is also the second-largest aviation hub in the Philippines and the nation's fastest growing major city. The second-largest city in the Philippines, Cebu is also the country's most important city and has been for the last 200 years. Despite its reputation as a booming metropolitan region, Cebu still offers plenty of beautiful white sand beaches and historic sites, just one of the many reasons it is such a popular holiday destination, particularly with overseas visitors. Nearby Mactan Island is less developed and is particularly popular with bird watchers and divers who flock to the outcrop of Olango, surrounded by reef off the eastern coast.
As one of the Philippines' most popular holiday destinations, there is a wide range of Cebu accommodation to appeal to all travellers and budgets. Ranging from 3 to 5 stars, there are a wide variety of hotels, motels, apartments, guesthouses, B&Bs, resorts and more. From budget accommodation through to standard mid-range options all the way up to luxury resorts, Cebu accommodation is conveniently close to a number of shopping, dining and attractions. Outside Cebu City, there is also a great range of accommodation found on Mactan Island.
An easy and affordable way to visit on of the most popular holiday destinations in the Philippines, Cebu holiday packages save you time and money when booking your holiday to Southeast Asia. Offering a coordinated range of travel plans, holiday packages allow you to combine everything from flights and accommodation to transfers, meals, tours and even travel insurance. There are a number of existing packages available, however you may also choose to customise one to suit your own needs.
Although Cebu's beautiful beaches are one of the region's most popular attractions, the city is also steeped in history and features a number of shrines, historical landmarks and museums that are also very popular among tourists. Step back in time at the historic Basilica of Santo Niño, the oldest street in the Philippines Colon St., Fort San Pedro, Fuente Osmeña, Lapu-Lapu Monument, Magellan's Cross, Casa Gorordo Museum and Danao City's life-size pope statues. Other popular attractions include Cebu Parkmall, Cebu Provincial Museum, Provincial Capitol, Heritage of Cebu, Jose R. Gullas Halad Museum, Taoist Temple, Mount Manghilaw, Santa Rosa Falls and the nature park of Crocolandia. While in Cebu, there's also all the usual activities and attractions such as swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, bird watching, biking, shopping and of course eating, drinking and partying.
Founded by a Spanish colony in 1565, Cebu is the Philippines' oldest city and is also home to some of the country's oldest sights including the oldest street - Colon St, the oldest school - University of San Carlos, the oldest relic - the Basilica of Santo Nino and the oldest tri-bastion fort - Fort San Pedro. Cebu is considered the Far East's cradle of Christianity and served a significant role in WWII as the site of the Battle of Cebu City against the Japanese. Cebu is the home of the viral internet sensations of the Cebu Provincial Detention Center and Rehabilitation (CPDRC) Dancing Inmates who shot to fame with their video of hundreds of inmates dancing to Michael Jackson's Thriller.