Photos To Prove That Ilocos Norte Is Worth-Visiting

My wanderlust started few years ago and I owe it all to my hometown, Ilocos Norte.
Ilocos Norte, located in the Ilocos Region in Luzon, is one of the most visited provinces in the Philippines. Laoag City, the province' capital, is located at the northwest corner of Luzon Island, bordering Cagayan and Apayao to the east, and Abra and Ilocos Sur to the south. Ilocos Norte faces the South China Sea to the west and the Luzon Strait to the north.
Saud Beach, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, Philippines
Ilocos Norte is noted as the birthplace of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos, who led an authoritarian rule over the country during the latter half of his incumbency. The province has a total land area of 3,400 square kilometers. It is composed of 22 municipalities with 477 barangays.
Now, Ilocos Norte is being dubbed as the 'Gateway of the North' which houses popular destinations like The Fort Ilocandia, an upper class beach resort famous among expatriates, and beautiful Pagudpud.
Tourism is becoming the major economic driver in Ilocos Norte. Recently, Chinese and Taiwanese tourists have been flocking to splurge in the city's profitable casino, the Fort Ilocandia Hotel and Resort. Fort Ilocandia is the only 5-star hotel in the northern Philippines. Places of interest include a tour of heritage sites featuring the Spanish colonial buildings, the Philippine-baroque churches, white-sand beach resorts of Pagudpud and the Marcos-era mansions at nearby towns. You'll see more photos of these on the next journals.


To get to Ilocos Norte from Manila, ride bus heading to Laoag City. Bus terminals are located in Pasay, Quezon City and Espana, Manila. Travel time is around 9 to 10 hours. Bus fare is around Php 700 to Php 800 per person. You may also book a flight to Laoag through Philippine Airlines.
Here are some of my photos proving that Ilocos Norte is worth-visiting. 
By the way, have you been here?
Madongan Dam, Dingras, Ilocos Norte
Abot Falls, Nueva Era, Ilocos Norte
The famous Fort Ilocandia sunset! Beautiful, right?
Me enjoying the cold waters from Madongan Dam, Dingras, Ilocos Norte

Paoay Church, Paoay, Ilocos Norte

Paoay Church, Paoay, Ilocos Norte

Marcos Museum, Batac City

Cape Bojeador, Burgos, Ilocos Norte

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, Burgos, Ilocos Norte

Bangui Windmills, Bangui, Ilocos Norte

Paoay Church, Paoay, Ilocos Norte

Bangui Windmills, Bangui, Ilocos Norte

Saud Beach, Pagaudpud, Ilocos Norte

Souvenirs from Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

Malacanang of the North, Paoay, Ilocos Norte

The Ilocos Norte Capitol, Laoag City

Bangui Windmills, Bangui, Ilocos Norte

Burgos, Ilocos Norte

Saud Beach, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

Fort Ilocandia Resort and Casino, Laoag City

Patapat Viaduct, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

Saud Beach, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

Patapat Viaduct, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

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