Welcome to Central Java
Though Central Java has a reputation for a short fuse when dealing with religious and political sentiments, it’s a relaxed, easy-going province for tourists. Yogyakarta, at the centre of its own quasi-independent ‘special region’ stretching from the south coast to Gunung Merapi, and Solo, just 65km to the northeast, are Java’s most interesting cities. But even Semarang, the province’s busy, maritime capital, has some charm. Most visitors, though, will find the stupendous Borobudur and Prambanan temples the highlight of any trip to Java's centre. And well they should. No matter the crowds, it's at these two spectacular sites where history and spirit are palpable, infusing any morning or afternoon, sunrise or sunset with magic and mystery.