Cebu City (Philippines)

Cebu City Travel Guide and Trip Resources


Patrick Tumalad

Queen City of the Southern Philippines


Cebu City (in Filipino: Lungsod ng Cebu) is the capital of the southern Philippine island province of Cebu. It has a population of 866,171 making it the fifth biggest city in the country. Counted by its metropolitan population and economic significance it only has to play second fiddle to Manila.

Nicknamed the Queen City of the South, Cebu was the first Spanish settlement in the country, and the numerous historical sights around town are testament to that. The 16th century Spanish Fort San Pedro, Santo Niño church (oldest church in the Philippines) and Magellan's Cross are the must-see historical colonial sights if your time is short. If you would rather see things from a less European angle, head to the beautiful Taoist temple in the Beverly Hills area of the city.

Unfortunately when it comes to beaches, Cebu City is not quite the place to be. Mactan Island opposite Cebu has them, though they are mostly in pricy resorts and man-made. If you'd rather head to a more natural type of paradise, you'll have to head further away from town. Those at the northern end of Cebu island however, are absolutely spectacular. [Review by travelindicator]


Key info

  • Cebu City is a city in Philippines's region of Cebu. It has a population of 2,551,100, is situated at an altitude of 112ft and the best airport to fly into is CEB (Mactan Cebu International, Cebu)
  • The currency used in Philippines is the Philippine peso (PHP)

Cebu City Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
86 86 88 90 91 90 90 90 90 90 88 86

Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
3.1 2.4 1.7 1.1 2.2 5.9 6.2 5.4 6.6 5.8 5.2 4.1

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