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Laidback charm in Iloilo

Book flights to Iloilo and experience a lively and friendly destination with picture-perfect beaches on its doorstep. This is a region with vibrant communities but also plenty of easy-going charm.

Iloilo City is the capital of the province of Iloilo, on the south-eastern coast of Panay island in the Philippines.

old church in iloilo philippines

Like many Filipino cities, it has an old town that is the legacy of Spain’s colonisation of the country. Expect to see shuttered mansions and beautiful churches. Iloilo played an important role in the global sugar trade and many people came here from Europe in the 19th century to make their fortune, leaving grand houses behind.

As in much of the rest of the Philippines, you’re never far from a pristine white sand beach after you fly to Iloilo. The city has several resorts along its own coast, and a short hop on a ferry or bus will take you to many others.

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What's the weather like in Iloilo?

What's the weather like in Iloilo?

Average temperatureAverage rainfall

JAN

26°C

5cm

FEB

26°C

3cm

MAR

27°C

3cm

APR

29°C

5cm

MAY

29°C

13cm

JUN

28°C

27cm

JUL

27°C

34cm

AUG

27°C

36cm

SEP

27°C

28cm

OCT

27°C

26cm

NOV

27°C

18cm

DEC

27°C

9cm

Iloilo City enjoys warm weather all year round, with average temperatures ranging from 26°C in January and February to 29°C in April and May.

Average highs can hit 33°C during the spring. The city’s wettest period runs from June through to October. February and March is the driest time here.

Reasons to visit Iloilo

molo church of iloilo philippines

Discover historic mansions and churches

Iloilo City is home to numerous buildings from the 18th to the early 20th centuries. Its role as a major sugar exporter saw many settlers from Spain and elsewhere heading here to make their fortune.

Their legacy includes properties with a faded, but still fascinating, grandeur. Look out for Casa Mariquit, a mansion house built in 1803. A wander around the building is a real step back in time – you’ll feel as if you’ve truly entered a bygone era.

Head to the nearby community of Miagao to see a late 18th-century church with incredibly detailed and unusual sandstone carvings.

japanese ramen with la paz dish

Shop your way around the city

Iloilo City is a great spot to pick up a bargain, with numerous malls and markets. Iloilo Central Market is a bustling indoor site lined with stalls selling handicrafts, food and souvenirs. It’s also one of the best locations in the city for people-watching.

La Paz market, a little way out of the city centre, is another excellent place for a bargain and has some fine street food – try a noodle broth or some of the delicious seafood – baked mussels with cheese, known locally as talaba is an Iloilo must-try. For a higher-end retail experience, take a trip to one of the Philippines’ largest malls, the SM City Iloilo.

malalison island culasi antique iloilo city philippines

Relax on the beach

Villa Beach is very popular with Iloilo locals, especially at weekends, when it’s full of families enjoying walks along the sand and eating dishes purchased from one of its many seafood restaurants. If you really want to get away from it all, take a short boat ride across the Iloilo Strait to Guimaras island.

There you’ll find untouched white sand beaches, clear blue waters, welcoming resorts and a quiet, relaxed vibe. It’s a place to kick back, eat fresh mango (the island’s speciality) and listen to the wind in the palm trees.

Things to know before you fly to Iloilo

plane Airport transfers

There is a regular shuttle bus that travels between the airport and the city, with journeys taking about 30 minutes. Taxis are also readily available. You can also book an airport transfer with Etihad and we’ll be waiting ahead of your arrival.

currency Local currency

The currency is the Philippine peso (PHP). Some shops, hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions will accept credit cards but it’s best to carry some cash. You’ll find ATMs in busier areas.

bus Getting around

Taxis are widely available in Iloilo. For a truly memorable transport experience, hop on a jeepney – a colourfully-decorated bus-type vehicle. Cars can be hired through your hotel for trips outside the city.

globe Languages spoken

Filippino and English are the nation’s official languages. There are over 150 local languages spoken throughout the Philippines, so you may hear many different dialects during your stay.

Flying to Iloilo: FAQs

How much time should I spend in Iloilo?

Iloilo City is fairly small, and you can see its main sights in a couple of days, though many visitors choose to stay longer to explore the wider nation. You might also want to allow a few days to visit Guimaras island, which is only 30 minutes away by boat.

What are the delicacies in Iloilo?

Iloilo’s most famous dish is La Paz batchoy, a spicy, meaty noodle soup that is said to have originated in La Paz market. It’s served in other parts of the Philippines, but to get the real thing, you’ll need to visit one of the La Paz area’s restaurants.

What is Iloilo known for?

Iloilo City is famed for its 18th, 19th and 20th-century mansions and churches. It is known by many Filipinos as the City of Love because of the open and friendly attitude of its people. Hoskyn, the first department store in the Philippines, began trading here in 1877.

Why we love Iloilo

"Iloilo offers great insight into the life and times of the Philippines. Iloilo City is full of history while the local beaches are the perfect place to while away an afternoon. There’s a top-quality food scene and you can also be assured of a warm welcome from the locals."

Weather in Iloilo City

27 °C
Monday21 Sep 2020
30 °C
Tuesday22 Sep 2020
29 °C
Wednesday23 Sep 2020
30 °C
Thursday24 Sep 2020
28 °C
Friday25 Sep 2020
30 °C
Saturday26 Sep 2020
30 °C
Sunday27 Sep 2020
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