Holidays to Yogyakarta, Indonesia

On the Indonesian island of Java is the city of Yogyakarta. The heart of Yogyakarta is the Kraton, the still-inhabited Royal Palace, from which the city stretches out in all directions. Near the palace is Taman Sari, the Water Castle. Originally built as a leisure garden for the royal family, it is now open to the public and features a stunning combination of gorgeous architecture, tranquil pools, and lush gardens. 

To the north of the city, the dramatic profile of the volcano Mount Merapi dominates the horizon. One of the most active and spectacular volcanoes in Indonesia, the name Gunung Merapi translates literally to ‘mountain of fire,’ so keep an eye to the north and you might be lucky enough to catch sight of the mountain putting on a show. 

Further afield, the spectacular Prambanan temple (also known as Rara Jonggrang) is well worth a visit. Built in the ninth century with the tall, pointed style characteristic of Hindu architecture, Prambanan is the largest Hindu temple complex in Indonesia, and one of the biggest in Southeast Asia. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the scope of Prambanan’s renowned beauty is a must-see. 

Yogyakarta is also famous for its array of beautiful traditional cultural practices. Beringharjo, the most famous market place for locally made Batik fabric offers a sea of colour and design, while Kotagede is the centre for silverwork, where you will discover gorgeous filigree jewellery. There are traditional Javanese dance performances, some of which you can see at Prambanan, or court dances at the Kraton Palace. 

Highlights

  • Visit the Taman Sari water castle, complete with bathing pools and an underground Mosque

  • Visit the lively Beringharjo market

Map of Yogyakarta