A thriving port long before the first Spanish settlement was founded in 1565 – making it the oldest city in the Philippines and the first colonial capital before Manila – modern-day Cebu still retains the flavor of its Spanish heritage. The Queen of the South is a bustling metropolis, boasting luxury resort hotels on Mactan Island and a lively culinary and nightlife scene in neighboring Cebu City. It is also the gateway to the rest of Cebu province (the largest in the Philippines at over 5,000 square kilometers) where you can spend weeks exploring beaches, canyoning, swimming with thresher sharks or exploring centuries-old churches.
Established in the 16th century, Carcar is one of the oldest towns in Cebu province. A scenic two-hour drive from the airport, Carcar is known for its colonial structures – including the Carcar City Museum. Carcar was declared a Heritage Town in 2002, thanks to efforts by the Carcar Heritage Conservation Society.