The Philippines may have travel restrictions in place due to COVID-19.

Find out moreOpens in new tab or window

Colon StreetPhilippines

Find out about Cebu’s rich history and Spanish colonial roots with a trip down possibly the oldest street in the Philippines.

Colon Street is a preserved, important part of Iberian history in the country. The avenue dates back to the 16th century and was part of the initial town plans of conquistador Miguel López de Legazpi. Get a glimpse into the local culture with a trip down this traditional road.

This street is considered the traditional heart of the city. Watch a film at one of the old movie houses and dine on flavorful Philippine cuisine at a restaurant. On the eastern part of the street look for the gray Colon Obelisk. A plaque on its black base details a brief history of Cebu.

Marvel at the nearby Heritage of Cebu Monument, which comprises various metal artworks that depict attractions and scenes from the city’s history. Cross the road to reach the Yap Sandiego Ancestral House, said to be the oldest residential home in the country.

Visit the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, which has a squat design and a whitewashed façade. Admire the many sculptures and depictions of religious figures that adorn the frontage and the interior.

A few blocks south is the Minor Basilica of the Holy Child and the iconic Magellan’s Cross. Continue southeast to Fort San Pedro, which overlooks the spacious Plaza Independencia and the harbor.

Hear about the history of the street, which served as one of Cebu’s main commercial districts in the 20th century, before many shops moved into larger malls. Wander down the road at night, when it is warmly lit by lanterns. Be careful of your belongings in this area, as pickpockets have been known to operate here. Note that the road takes its name from the Spanish appellation for explorer Christopher Columbus.

Colon Street is in the historic quarter, adjacent to the traditionally Chinese neighborhood of Parian in the southeastern part of the city. Take a bus or jeepney to one of the many stops along the street and around this popular sightseeing neighborhood. Taxis are relatively cheap and drivers will know the street.

Top Hotels in Colon Street

Waterfront Airport Hotel & Casino
Waterfront Airport Hotel & Casino
3.5 out of 5
1 Airport Road, Mactan Island, Lapu-Lapu, Cebu
The price is $80 per night from Nov 3 to Nov 4

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Mactan Marina Mall, Cebu Yacht Club, and Lapu-Lapu City Hall. Marcelo Fernan Bridge and Gaisano ...

4.2/5Very Good! (998 reviews)

"We stayed here for our 2-day quarantine, which means we stayed inside our room all of the time. The TV worked well, so does the WI-FI (high speed), and the room service was prompt. We had a phone that did not work, and a REF that did not work, but these problems were fixed by the hotel when we reported ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2020

Waterfront Airport Hotel & Casino
Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa
Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
Punta Engano Road, Lapu-Lapu, Cebu
The price is $186 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 29

Located in Lapu-Lapu, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district, 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Magellan Shrine, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Cebu Yacht Club ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,135 reviews)

"The property location was really impeccable. The staff was very hospitable and food was good to the palate. The unavailability of other facilities and also some technical issues."…"

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2020

Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa
Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu
Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu
5 out of 5
Punta Engano, Mactan Island, Lapu-Lapu, Cebu

This Lapu-Lapu resort is on the beach, 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Magellan Shrine, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Cebu Yacht Club and Mactan Marina Mall. Gaisano Grand ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,085 reviews)
Same as the last 4 days - great! Sad to leave.

"This review should just be a continuation of the review for a few nights already submitted. (We added a day). Nice hotel but wish that it had fully joined the Accor group as my Accor member ship would probably have been enhanced by this stay! While walking from the hotel along the highway I was tripped ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2020

Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Colon Street

Studio Guestrooms in San Marino Residences
Studio Guestrooms in San Marino Residences
2.5 out of 5
San Marino Residences, J. De Veyra St., North Reclamation Area, Cebu, Cebu
The price is $30 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 8

Located in North Reclamation Area, this condo building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Robinsons Galleria Cebu, SM City Cebu, and Cebu Business Park. Ayala Center and ...

3.8/5Good! (9 reviews)

"It was a good stay."…"

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2018

Studio Guestrooms in San Marino Residences
Citadines Cebu City
Citadines Cebu City
4 out of 5
Baseline Center Juana Osmena Street, Cebu
The price is $83 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 29

Situated in Cebu, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of St Patrick’s Square and Mango Square. Fuente Osmena Circle and Cebu Doctor's University Hospital ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (46 reviews)

"great place to stay at. Always enjoy citadines when i travel."…"

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2020

Citadines Cebu City
Stunning Ocean View at Arterra Bay
Stunning Ocean View at Arterra Bay
3 out of 5
Arterra Residences, Punta Engano Rd, Mactan Island, Lapu-Lapu, Cebu
The price is $35 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 29

Located in Punta Engaño, this aparthotel is 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Magellan Shrine and within 9 mi (15 km) of Mactan Marina Mall and Cebu Yacht Club. Gaisano Grand ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (83 reviews)

"Apartment was very clean with wonderful view I did not see Mr Yarden But He always online on whatsapp and i contact him directly he was very helpful Thank you Yarden"…"

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2020

Stunning Ocean View at Arterra Bay
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Colon Street

Top things to do in Colon Street

Cities near Colon Street

Cebu which includes a bay or harbor, views and rugged coastline

Cebu