8 Awesome Attractions in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

Pagudpud is a coastal town filled with Ilocandia delights and adventure. Located on the northern tip of Luzon, thousands of visitors are drawn to this town annually because of its alluring coastlines and remarkable architectural attractions. Among them are, Saud Beach, Maira-ira Beach, Kapurpurawan Rocks, Patapat Viaduct, and more. Below are the must-see attractions in Pagudpud.

Saud Beach

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Saud Beach, Pagudpud, (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.Org)

Lining the western side of the town, Saud Beach is Pagudpud’s main draw with its crystal-clear water and fine white-sand. There are a range of inns and restaurants along the coast that suit the needs and budget of every traveler. Saud is also a perfect jump-off point to other attractions in the area.

Distance from Laoag City: 78 kilometers
Travel Time to and from Laoag City: 1.20 hrs.

Bangui Windmills

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Bangui Windmills (Photo Courtesy of Obra19, via Wikimedia Commons)

The Bangui wind farm was a project initiated by the local government in the 1990s to jump-start clean and renewable energy production in the region. The wind farm currently provides 40% of Ilocos Norte’s energy. There are 20 windmills along the Bangui coastline. Each stands 20 feet high. Although they were not built for tourism purposes their aesthetic quality began to attract tourists over the years. Now, the wind farm is a top attraction of Ilocos Norte.

Distance from Saud Beach: 21 kilometers
Travel Time to and from Saud Beach: 25 minutes

Burgos Lighthouse

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Burgos Lighthouse

A remnant of the Spanish colonial era, the Burgos Lighthouse was built in the late 1800s to guide Spanish galleons crossing Cape Bojeador. The solitary lighthouse sits on top of a hill called Vigia de Nagpartian. From the top of the lighthouse you can enjoy panoramic views of the South China Sea. Cape Bojeador is also called Parola ng Bojeador in Filipino.

Distance from Saud Beach: 37 kilometers
Travel Time to and from Saud Beach: 40 minutes

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

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Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

The Kapurpurawan Rocks in Burgos is a site for more adventurous travelers. It’s located in a coastal area west of the Bangui Windmills. From the highway visitors would have to pass through a dirt road and trek roughly 30 minutes for a glimpse of these picturesque rocks. Their peculiar shape is a result of many years of ocean movement. Visitors can rent a tricycle or jeepney to reach the area. A light rain shower can make passage through this road quite difficult, so visitors should wear comfortable clothes and outdoor footwear, and have an ample supply of drinking water.

Maira-ira Beach

Maira-ira is a little paradise found on the northernmost tip of Luzon. From Saud Beach you can go there on a rented tricycle or jeepney. The winding road to Maira-ira Beach goes through thickly forested mountains which makes for spectacular sightseeing. Since Maira-ira is located in a remote area, it doesn’t have as many commercial establishments like Saud Beach. But it’s equally attractive and offers an amazing  view of the Tres Marias Islands in the distance.

Distance from Saud Beach: 18 kilometers
Travel Time to and from Saud Beach: 30 minutes

Timangtang Rock

Traveling south from Maira-ira beach you can visit the Timangtang Rocks which, from a distance resembles a person lying on his back with a hole through the head. Up close the hole through the rock also resembles a bell tower. The lane of boulders at this site is also known as Lovers’ Rocks.

Distance from Saud Beach: 15 kilometers
Travel Time to and from Saud Beach: 20 minutes

Patapat Viaduct

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The Patapat Viaduct

The Patapat Viaduct is one of the most celebrated bridges in the Philippines because of its remarkable winding design. Built on the side of the Ilocos Norte mountain range,  it offers a breathtaking view of Pasaleng Bay. It’s approximately 3 kilometers long. Along the road there are spots where tourists could stop for some sightseeing and picture-taking.

Distance from Saud Beach: 18 kilometers
Travel Time to and from Saud Beach: 20 minutes

Kaibigan Falls

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Kabigan Falls, (Photo Courtesy of Handtell, CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Kaibigan Falls is one of the natural treasures of Ilocos Norte. It is located in Baranggay Baloi in the eastern side of Pagudpud. The 80-feet waterfalls is nestled within thickly-forested mountains. To get there, visitors must take a 1-2 kilometer trek from the highway. Employing the services of a local guide is highly recommended.

Distance from Saud Beach: 14 kilometers
Travel Time to and from Saud Beach: 16-20 minutes

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Iza Sanchez

Iza Sanchez is a freelance ESL Teacher, adventurer and moderator of Take The Travel. She writes about solo-backpacking, travel saving tips and other awesome travel resources.

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  1. Jaybielyn says:

    Mam may kasama kasi akong baby e. Bus lang kame kaya kaya 1year old magkakatabi la g bayan jung pagudpud kame dina mag laoag or vigan mapuountahan ba namin mga yan tia

  2. elizabeth v. lagon says:

    Hi Ms. Iza.
    It will be our group’s first time to travel. In as much as we want our 3-day trip/experience to be loaded with learning and fun, we will also be traveling on a budget. May I ask if you could give me an itinerary on the best places to see in Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur? Thank you.

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