Vigan is a town in the North of Luzon, best known for being one of the few Hispanic towns left in the Philippines. We took two flights, and one three hour bus journey from Legazpi to arrive at our VERY modest hostel/homestay- Casa Teofila Lodge. Poorly lit rooms and an uncomfortable mattress, but clean enough, working air-conditioning and a powerful shower.
In Vigan we first visited a 15th century bell tower, used for many purposes including to warn the town of unfriendly visitors. We then visited a traditional but functioning pottery kiln, where three shirtless men taught me how to spin the
pottery wheel manually and craft a decent looking vase. A must-see in Vigan, the thirty-min fountain and light show in the city, a decent display although not quite as spectacular as the fountain show in Dubai! We took a tour of the city by a horse drawn carriage, and just generally enjoyed the hispanic architecture.
For us, one day in Vigan was enough, as aside from the beauty in a few streets, the others were crazy busy with tricycles. After our time in the North, we took a seven hour bus journey to Baguio City.