When we think of spectacular vacation destinations it appears Bali, a fantastic island that has some of the best beaches in the world.
If you have not traveled here yet but you really want to, you must be thinking about what to do, where to go, what you cannot miss so as not to regret it. Therefore, thinking about the next vacation here are some tips on not to be missed in Bali.
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First of all Bali is an island and at the same time a province of Indonesia. It is part of an archipelago that includes Java and although it owns beautiful beaches, the good thing is that it adds an ancient culture.
It has an area of almost 6 thousand square kilometers and is a little south of the equator. It is very mountainous with a peak of just over three thousand meters of altitude that is a volcano still in activity. Around It is protected by corals so its landscape has white beaches and by the volcano, also black sand beaches.
The capital is the city of Denpasar but Singraja is also an important city because it was the old capital and port in colonial times. The rainy-free season is from June to September so it coincides with the European summer.
If you go from October to March you will find a lot of rain because Bali's climate is very tropical.
There is the southern tip of the island and it has a dry and rocky landscape. With the XXI century, millionaire investments began to develop tourism, so its sharp cliffs, its ideal waves for surfers and the fact that it is very close to the only international airport on the island.
In this peninsula there is the Uluwatu Temple, right on top of a stunning 70 meter high cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean. It is majestic and although it has been rebuilt many times it dates back to the XNUMXth century.
Sunset views are something to witness.
If you are looking for temples, culture, parks, landscapes and rice terraces then this is the destination. You can do a bike ride or more adventurous activities such as rafting on the Ayung River rapids or hiking. If you are going to relax, there are spas and many places to receive massages.
Ubud it's a lovely village with coconut palms, lakes, ponds and temples that it is located less than an hour from Kuta beach. It is something like the cultural heart of Bali so you can't miss it. There is a lot of accommodation and there are beautiful hotels and resorts.
You can add the visit some of the surrounding villages, such as Petulu or Tegenungan or spend a day in a rice farm participating in its activities, try the raw food of some of its restaurants or in them also enjoy an experience like no other because many are places with fabulous architecture.
If you leave Ubud and travel about two kilometers to the southeast, on the way to Bedulu, you arrive at Goa Gajah. It is a fantastic cave whose entrance is carved into the rock face and is shaped like a T.
Inside are fragments of the flaic symbol of the Hindu god Shiva, the lingam, also his female counterpart, the yoni, a statue of the god's son and another of Ganesha, the elephant-headed god.
At the entrance of the cave you will see two pools for bathing that have six female figures. The origin of the cave is not known for sure but a legend says that it was created with the finger of the giant Kebo Iwa. Scientists say that it must date back to the XNUMXth century, although it was the Dutch archaeologists who rediscovered in 1923.
Leaving the cave you descend towards rice fields, those of Sungai Petanu, where there are stupas that keep Buddhist relics. The truth is that with so many beauties there is always tourism so the advice is that you visit Goa Gajah before 10 am because from that time the buses start to arrive.
The site opens already at 8 am.
It is the best known of Bali and is where there is party all the time. It is the place to meet people, dance and have fun. There are places for all budgets.
This beach is also known as the sunset beach y it's south of the island. It was once a simple fishing village and one of the first Balinese towns to become a tourist destination. Its beach is extensive and long and today hotels, pubs and restaurants are accommodated on it.
As well It is close to Bali International Airport, the Ngurah Rai, so surfers love it. Nearby are Jimbaran, Pesanggaran and Densapar. Nusa Dua beach is for bigger wallets because the resorts are very luxurious and the beaches are private.
A detail: there are already two attacks that he suffers and there are more than 200 dead.
It's east of Bali and what you'll see it is the caldera of a volcano. To get there you have to climb about 1700 meters, a fantastic hike up the side of a volcano that is still active.
Many tourists start the climb before sunrise to contemplate it from above everything, so if you wish, get ready to get up at 4 am.
Luckily not a hard hike and in two hours you are already in front of the rising sun. Also, when the sun is out, the views are great.
Just as there are rice growing farms in Bali too there are coffee plantations And the good thing is that you can visit them, see the crops and taste the local coffee. An expensive and famous Balinese coffee is Kopi Luwak.
Most famous temples
Pure Tanah Lot It is another temple much visited by foreigners that at the same time is very visited by Balinese pilgrims. It is on a fantastic rock formation and is the most classic postcard of serenity you can imagine.
It is best to go when the tide is low because you can almost walk on the water to the temple. More or less the same you can do with it Pure Ulun Danu Bratan, another temple that in this case rests right on the shore of Lake Bratan and is reflected in its waters.
Certainly we are falling very short with this list but luckily it will serve as a guide on your trip and you will surely add more and more destinations to your own liking.