Denpasar (map) is the largest city and capital of the island of Bali, Indonesia. Denpasar is a bustling, multi-cultural city and although it can seem a little intimidating the first time you visit. Denpasar is bristling with temples, palaces and museums and its occupants are outstandingly friendly.
Denpasar, located just south of the equator, has a tropical wet and dry climate, with hot and humid weather year-round. Due to this, there is little temperature change throughout the year. The wet season lasts roughly from November to May, while the dry season lasts from June to October.
After spending time in the crowded city, head 45 minutes north to *Ubud (map) for clean air and spiritual refreshment. The golden beaches of *Sanur (map) are just 15 minutes drive east.
When visiting any of the temples in Denpasar, remember to bring a sarong and sash with you. These temples receive relatively few foreign visitors and are unlikely to have temple dress available for hire or loan.
Pesta Kesenian Bali (*Bali Art Festival). The Bali Arts Festival is a full month of daily performances, handicraft exhibitions and other related cultural and commercial activities during which literally the whole of Bali comes to the city to present its offerings of dance, music and beauty.
It is a month long revelry that perhaps no other place in the world can put up on such a low budget as the Balinese.
There are many small budget hotels in Denpasar which are primarily aimed at domestic business travellers as few foreign tourists stay in the city here.
Denpasar is a melting pot of different cultures from all over Indonesia. There are few places where the results of the government trans-migration policy are more evident than here. For that reason it is a wonderful place to eat with restaurants specialising in different regional and ethnic Indonesian cuisines.