Roxas City | Weekend Getaway Itinerary + Side Trip Tips
Roxas City’s seafood flair can more than hold its own. In fact, even with over 7,000 other islands, the Province of Capiz is the only one that keeps the title as the Seafood Capital of the Philippines.
While feasting on seafood is a guaranteed experience in this waterfront town, there are other interesting things about it too. Roxas City is also about rich heritage buildings, river cruises & quaint townscapes.
Roxas City: On Wonderful Feasts
Many tourists take Roxas City as a gateway to other famous destinations in Panay like Islas de Gigantes. But if you decide to take a moment to explore it, you’d be surprised to find the li’l wonders it keeps.
Here are some of the best things to do & places to visit — all to fit in a weekend itinerary.
(First Flight Arrival)
Visit the Panublion Museum
9:00AM – 9:45AM
Any trip to Roxas City is best started at Panublion Museum. In Hiligaynon, Panublion means the guardian of precious things. It is the repository of many historical artifacts & exhibits of memorabilia of Capiznon heritage.
Interestingly, this whitewashed museum was once a water tank built around 1908. In 1993, it was repurposed into a museum.
President Manuel Roxas Ancestral House
9:45AM – 10:45AM
Manuel Acuña Roxas was the 3rd and last President of the Commonwealth & the 1st of the Third Republic of the Philippines. Built in the 1800s in typical bahay-na-bato aesthetics, this house stands as one of the city’s landmarks.
On the inside, the house keeps much of the original set-up. Bentwood furniture, wood-turned poster beds, beautiful lamps as well as chinawares fill this home with nostalgia.
Grab Some Spanggo
10:45AM – 11:00AM
Across the Roxas Ancestral House is Spanggo. And never ever leave Roxas City without tasting its famous pies. It’s luscious & by far, the best there is of its kind in the country.
Shop for Capiz Shell Ornaments
11:00AM – 12:00NN
Shop for Capiz shell ornaments before you end your morning itinerary. Made from sparkling shells, everything from the biggest window panes to the tiniest table-top décor are here. And as much there are excesses of it here, are the many stores that sell it around town.
Enjoy Seafood Lunch on a River Cruise
12:00NN – 2:00PM
Seafood indulgence is any tourist’s travel highlight in Capiz. Indeed, nowhere is this served with all the shebang than on a river cruise. Palina Greenbelt Eco Park is an ASEAN Sustainable Tourism awardee on community based rural tourism.
On board a bamboo raft, the cruise takes you around Palina River while enjoying your seafood lunch. Here, they also showcase their traditional fishing methods called “surambaw”. In addition, they make stopovers in oyster farms & fish cages. You can request also request for on-board massage & mani-pedi services. How pampering is that!
Reflect at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Shrine
2:00PM – 3:00PM
Perched on top of a hill, the Sacred Heart of Jesus is one the visited landmarks in Roxas City. It stands 132 feet & towers above the vast landscape of the city. Moreover, it is also a favorite pilgrimage sites in Capiz.
Afternoon Chill at Café Terraza
3:00PM – 4:30PM
Get your afternoon caffeine fix at Café Terraza in Pueblo de Panay. Enjoy the hilltop breeze & view while you chill on local Capiznon snacks. This spot on the newest township is also perfect for dinner time hangouts with the city lights flickering below.
Tour the Downtown
4:30PM – 5:30PM
If there is any place that best displays the provincial feels of Roxas City, that would be its downtown. Just sit by the statue of Manuel A. Roxas near the City Hall & soak in all the quaintness. Watch people go by their afternoon rendezvous by the river & the age-old church.
Hangout at the Park
5:30PM – 8:00PM
At around 5:30PM, head to People’s Park for 3 things. One is to hangout for sunset by Baybay Beach. Next is to nibble on streetfood with the locals. Finally, for yet another seafood fiesta for dinner.
Everything you need to call it the day is here. Errr…almost.
Nightcap at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral
8:00PM – 8:30PM
Before you call it the night, make your way back to downtown for a different ambience of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral. Although it’s pretty at golden hours, this spot is also lovely at night. The catch — the lighted fountain at the roundabout giving the church a colorful foreground.
(Last Flight Departure)
Awww…sad, you’re leaving on this day. But you can still squeeze in a few more activities to make most of your weekend trip in Roxas City. Here are some awesome spots to choose for your side trips.
Visit the 1774 Santa Monica Church, fondly called Pan-ay church. Although, this is not anymore in Roxas City but in Pan-ay, the next town on the eastern side.
Quick Island Hops
Check out Olotangan Island or Mantalinga Island for super quick island dips.
Siguin is an aquaculture farm resort in Roxas City that offers guests a seafood harvest experience. Here you’re taught how to catch bangus or harvest crabs. It’s a super fun activity. And what it makes more exciting is you can have your harvest for lunch!
This trip was made in partnership with the
Philippines Tourism Promotions Board
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