Cebu is both the name of the island and its capital city, but transport around the island is plentiful so it is easy to explore beyond the boundaries of the city itself. The city is also known as the Queen City of the South and is the largest in the Philippines.
One of the more surprising tourist spots in the city is Fort San Pedro. Built in 1565, this fortification is now a tranquil garden with some incredibly photogenic ruins, and a serene spot away from the roar of Cebu city life. The Basilica Minore del Santo Niño is a remarkable site – not just for its spectacular gilded icons and architecture, but for the mere fact that it has managed to survive at all, as it has burned to the ground on three separate occasions. The latest incarnation of the Basilica dates back to 1737.
Beyond the city there is plenty of wild beauty to explore, including the Kawasan Falls (20km south of Moalboal), the breathtakingly gorgeous Jumalon Butterfly Sanctuary and the Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary – over a thousand hectares of sand flats and mangrove that is an internationally important site for migratory birds.