6 places to visit in Cilacap, Central Java
Cilacap might not be as popular as other cities in Central Java. But it doesn't mean that this city doesn't have any interesting tourism destinations to see.
In fact, Cilacap offers somewhat more natural locations and this is greatly combined with southern hospitality.
Interested in exploring? Before you do, here are some of the best spots that you can visit in Cilacap.
Teluk Penyu Beach
Among other beaches around Cilacap, this one is the nearest; it is located just mere minutes from the city.
With at least 50 meters of sand to reach the shoreline, there are many activities you can do on Teluk Penyu Beach.
Facing east, some locals even recommend that you come and visit as early as possible in the morning to get a magnificent view of the sunrise.
Being the most famous in Cilacap, many facilities can be found around the beach. From food stalls, souvenir shops, children's playgrounds and even shops that provide fishing equipment.
Anglers can also rent all necessary equipment required to go fishing.
After you do, you can choose whether you want to fish by renting a boat, or do some shoreline fishing by walking to the edge of the breakwater.
Indah Widarapayung Beach
A little further to the east, approximately one hour's ride by bus -- or less if you use a car -- this is also one of the most visited beaches by locals.
In 2006, this location was devastated when most of the infrastructure was smashed by a tsunami. But since then, lots of repairs and improvements have been made.
One of the main reasons people visit Widarapayung is to surf. The higher waves compared to Teluk Penyu make this place suitable for first-time surfers.
There is even an interesting story on how local surfers gathered and formed a club that, in the end, became the official lifeguards in Widarapayung.
In 2010, there was a local surfing competition held and hopefully when more and more people visit and surf in Widarapayung, future national, or even international, contests can be held.
Situated in the eastern part of Cilacap, this beach has something that others don't, a fish market.
Thus, if you love seafood and know how to cook, you can simply buy the main ingredients here.
Mind you, as this is a traditional fish market, don't forget to bring your own box (ice can be bought there) to bring your purchases home.
While it will take approximately two hours to reach from the city, the trip to this particular place is well worth it.
Cipari's main attractions are hot spring pools with natural hot water from the well nearby. But before you get soaked, walk around and visit some of the waterfalls nearby.
There are at least two waterfalls that you can enjoy, Curug Cipari and Curug Geulis.
Depending on the weather and which spot you choose, the track may be difficult -- and a little dangerous -- to walk on.
So make sure you use appropriate footwear and always travel in groups.
Being less popular is its own perks, at least for Cilacap.
Many of the potential spots for tourism there have only recently been promoted, so most of them have a more natural feel as with Curug Cimendaway, which you can easily reach almost to the top by walking along the track.
Being 100 meters high, facilities have been built to support the area for outdoor activities like camping. There are five levels that you can reach from below, each with its own unique view.
Only an hour's ride from the city, this place is perfect to experience something new.
You can't talk about Cilacap without mentioning this historical site. Benteng Pendem, also known as Van Den Bosch Fort, was built by the Dutch in 1861.
The name 'pendem' was given because this fort was buried and was later found and cleared by the government in 1986.
Besides these six locations that we have mentioned, there are other notable sites or activities that you can do in Cilacap.
For example, you could try local food bites known as 'mendoan' or visit the Museum Susilo Sudarman.
As for souvenirs, check out the shops at the beach that sell handicrafts made from seashells.
Lastly, Cilacap is also known for its own distinctive type of handmade batik known as batik maos, so if you are a fan of batik, make sure to check it out.