San Nicolas is largely agricultural and produces rice, corn, tobacco, and vegetables. It is also a major producer of maguey plants, the processed fibers of which are transported by oxcarts to the port of Currimao. The people of San Nicolas take pride in their various craft industries. The town is famous for its pottery, weaving, leatherwork, furniture-making and fabrication of iron and tin products as well as carriage-making (carroceria).
Year established: 1733 as a town
Land Area: 6,011 hectares
No. of Barangays: 24
Market days: Daily
Fiesta: December 26 to 30
- San Nicolas pottery is widely available in marketplaces all over Ilocos Norte and nearby provinces.
- Visitors who want to see local craftspeople at work can visit San Nicolas’s Barangays 7, 8, and 9.
- San Nicolas kiln-fired earthenware come in various shapes and sizes: from well casings to roof tiles and flue pipes to miniatures toys and flowerpots.
- Also known for its metal and leather craft and wagon wheel making, San Nicolas is a recommended destination for collectors of folk art.