Visiting the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse in Ilocos Norte

If you are visiting up north in the Philippines, make sure to drop by Cape Bojeador, also called Burgos Lighthouse; the only lighthouse in the Ilocos region that lights up Luzon island’s most northwestern-point.

Cape Bojeador was built during the Spanish Colonial Period, from 1892 to 1887. It was designed by Magin Pers y Pers, a Spanish engineer who was also tasked to design three other lighthouses in Luzon (in Cagayan, Zambales, and Mindoro).

The majestic Cape Bojeador with its iconic octagonal lighthouse tip. Image: Raizel Albano

The construction of Cape Bojeador is a part-and-parcel of the Spanish galleon trade to help guide ships coming in and out of the Ilocos region, famous for its rocky coastline. Today, the lighthouse is still being used to guide fisherfolks making their living around the area. From kerosene lamps, Cape Bojeador is now being powered by electric lamps and solar panels.

The rustic beauty of the lighthouse is unparalleled.
Image: Ojie Paloma on Flickr

The lighthouse is now being managed by the National Historical Institute as it was marked a National Cultural Treasure in 2005.

Visitor Tips
  • Cape Bojeador is open from 8 AM to 5 PM, seven days a week.
  • Cape Bojeador is located in Burgos, 43 kilometers away from Laoag City, Ilocos Norte’s capital. It is best to travel via private vehicle as the journey takes you to a long and windy uphill road.
  • There is a large parking space at the base of the hill, and you have to walk a fair bit to get to the entrance steps of the lighthouse.
  • There are many stalls at the base that sell cold drinks, snacks, and souvenirs.
  • If you are doing a photoshoot or documentation of the area, you need to secure a permit from the National Historical Institute.

For more info, visit NHI’s contact page.

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