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ASIA : THE PHILIPPINES : CEBU CITY

Located a bit south of the geographic centre of the Philippine archipelago, Cebu is one of the most developed provinces in the Philippines and its capital city offers visitors a variety of casinos, white sand beaches, world-class golf courses and shopping. Book your travel package to Cebu City with Direct Flights today.

Cebu City

The first Spanish settlement in the Philippines, Cebu City is now the second largest metropolitan centre in the country. Located a bit south of the geographic centre of the Philippine archipelago, Cebu is one of the most developed provinces in the Philippines and its capital city offers visitors a variety of casinos, white sand beaches, world-class golf courses and shopping. Cebu City also features the second largest number of international flights in the Philippine Islands, and cheap flights from Australia to Cebu City are readily available. Accommodation in Cebu City is easy to find in a wide range of prices, from five-star hotels to accommodation that will fit within even the tightest budget. The perfect place for a holiday in South-East Asia, Direct Flights can get you there by setting you up with one of its super cheap Cebu City travel packages.

Cebu City is the centre of Metro Cebu, which includes the cities of Mandaue, Lapu-Lapu, Talisay, and Naga. Although the metropolitan area is large, some visitors regard Cebu City as offering the same benefits as Manila, but without the mayhem. The city is an important cultural centre and its most famous landmark is Magellan's Cross. This wooden cross, now housed inside a chapel, was supposedly planted by Ferdinand Magellan when he arrived in the Philippine Islands in 1521. The Basilica Minore del Santo Nio (Church of the Holy Child) is just a few steps away from the cross. The first Christian church in the Philippines, it features the country's oldest Christian relic, the image of the Santo Nio de Cebu (Holy Child of Cebu). Fort San Pedro is the oldest Spanish fort in the country and the nucleus of the first Spanish settlement in the Philippines. And for a glimpse of old Filipino lifestyle, have a tour inside the Casa Gorordo Museum. For a change of pace, explore Cebuano's Chinese heritage: the Taoist Temple is one of the more popular destinations for travellers on cheap holidays to Cebu City.

Although it's old, Cebu City is lively. Colourful, flamboyant jeepneys are available to take you around the city 24 hours a day. Colon Street, the country's oldest street, is in the Parian or Chinese District. Located at the heart of downtown, it's a busy commercial centre by day and a lively entertainment area by night. And Cebu City hosts the popular Sinulog festival, held every January in honour of Santo Nio, the "Holy Child". The festival is a colourful carnival of street dancing, face painting, pop concerts and a parade. But the heart of the celebration is the carved wooden image of the Holy Child, a gift from Magellan to the country hundreds of years ago. For discount travel packages to Cebu City, book with Direct Flights.

Mount Busay is the scenic backdrop of Cebu City, but the mountain also provides spectacular views from the Tops Lookout at its summit. And Cebu City is a great base for exploring the rest of Cebu island as well as Bohol (with its famous Chocolate Hills), Mactan island (just off the coast of Cebu) or even Mindanao. Extending Cebu City travel packages so that they include these additional destinations is a snap when you use Direct Flights International. Kawasan Waterfalls is south-west of Cebu and is definitely worth a day trip. It's a three-tiered cascade of crystal clear mountain springs and lush scenery. You can easily use your accommodation in Cebu City to explore the region's narrow coastlines, limestone plateaus, rugged mountains, coastal plains, and beautiful beaches.

Cheap flights from Australia to Cebu City arrive at nearby Mactan-Cebu International Airport, so discount travel to Cebu City is easy and readily available. Non-stop flights to Cebu City arrive from Doha, Quezon City, Davao City, Valenzuela, Hong Kong, Busan, Koror, Singapore, Taipei, Kaohsiung, Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu. And because the city is a travel hub, Direct Flights International can book air connections to Cebu City from just about anywhere in the world, including Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, France, Italy, Fiji, New Zealand and many other countries. Save some money and book your super cheap holidays to Cebu City through Direct Flights - you'll be glad you did!


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