If you could only visit one place on the island of Java, it would be Yogyakarta, no question. Prestigious thanks to its arts, breathtaking thanks to its history, it immediately transports its guests into a gentle bubble, punctuated with a subtle dose of extravagance.
The city is a major cultural center with huge importance in Indonesia as well as an artistic reputation throughout the world. Lovers of batik, theater, poetry or traditional dance go there to enjoy grandiose performances that continue to keep local folklore alive.
A quick trip to the exclusive area of Kota Gede gives you the chance to admire the incomparable craftsmanship of artisan silversmiths and their painstaking silver work. This exceptional heritage makes Yogyakarta so much more than an open-air museum. Many Indonesian and international artists perform there and contribute to its greatness and creativity. As the most visited city on the island of Java, its renown comes from its many monuments and, in particular, the tens of dalems, former residences of the royal family, lining its main streets that buzz with life.
The unmissable Kalasan temple, dating from the eighth century and famous for its inscriptions and the exceptional beauty of its location, is another place that invites you to escape it all. Its architecture, its monolithic and yet refined appearance, etch immortal images on your memories. Not far from the heart of the city stands the majestic Gunung Merapi volcano, peaking at almost 10,000 feet and seeming as if it's touching the stars, getting a little closer to the city of its idols. A trip along its slopes also provides you with a panorama of the absolutely stunning valley, with the Indian Ocean as its backdrop.
A stay in this ancient capital offers real immersion in the very heart of Javanese culture. It leads you back to the ancient kings who, a long long time, established this amazing place that remains so flawless to this day.