The Iloilo Esplanade or simply the “esplanade” as locals call it is a peaceful promenade that runs alongside the Iloilo River. It is one of best showcases of the city’s efforts to rehabilitate and protect the Iloilo River and promote active lifestyles. It is also a popular tourist spot where visitors can enjoy a leisurely stroll and enjoy the serene views along the river.

The best time to visit the is during the early morning and late afternoon hours when the sun is low and the sky glows with the romantic soft twilight. Locals usually go to the esplanade around this time for a hearty jog or to hang out with friends and family in coffee shops and restaurants nearby.

A nice walking tour for visitors starts with a visit to Molo Church, then a lengthy sunset walk along the esplanade, which may be capped with a hearty meal and drinks at Smallville or Atria Park District.

The Iloilo Esplanade can be easily reached by taxis and jeepneys. It has two main entrances. The eastern end is located along Diversion Road (Benigno Aquino Avenue) in Mandurriao district. You can get there by jeepney on these routes: Leganes, SM Mandurriao, Ungka UI, City Proper, and Santa Barbara. From those coming from Smallville or Atria Park District, take a shortcut through the footpath in Riverside Boardwalk. Near the west end is Carpenter’s Bridge located on the boundary of Molo and Mandurriao. You can take the Molo Mandurriao or Oton jeepney routes to get there. This side is a 5-minute walk from Molo Church and Molo Plaza.

Hotels & Places to Stay Nearby

Molo, Iloilo City
Peaceful and relaxing views beside the Iloilo River
Diversion Road, Iloilo City
Value-for-money with a view overlooking the city’s new business districts
Smallville, Iloilo City
Smallville, Mandurriao, Iloilo City
Top notch rooms and excellent amenities
Molo, Iloilo City
Beach-themed hotel on a quiet corner of Molo.
Smallville Complex, Iloilo City
Comfort and style. Centrally located in Iloilo’s nightlife district