Destination guide

Here's why Denpasar should be on your Bali radar

Most visitors to Bali often skip Denpasar and just pass through the city on their way to the more touristy beaches like Kuta or Legian. But Denpasar has a lot to offer, too. Bali's capital city is where you can catch a glimpse of the authentic Bali lifestyle, as it's where locals work, do business, shop, and have fun. Denpasar vacation rentals can put you close to attractions that don't get lots of tourist traffic but are just as breathtaking as anything you'd see in Bali. Give Denpasar your love next time—it won't disappoint.

Things to do

Feast your eyes on Denpasar's cultural sights

Bali holiday hubs like Kuta and Seminyak have beaches and party scenes as their main attractions. Denpasar also has lovely beaches, but they aren't the only enticing feature of this city. Head for the massive Hindu temples with intricate carvings, such as Pura Jaganatha, Bali's most important temple, and Pura Maospahit, a temple dedicated to Garuda. Denpasar has awe-inspiring landmarks like the Bajra Sandhi Monument, which immortalizes Bali's struggle for freedom from Dutch rule, and the Bali Arts Center, where you can sit back and watch a traditional dance or music performance.

Activities

Do as the locals do in Bali's capital city

Denpasar may be one of the oft-overlooked nooks of Bali, but there's just as many activities to enjoy here as in the buzzing seaside strips of Kuta and Seminyak. You can check out Denpasar's stunning Hindu architecture, whose specimens include some of the largest Hindu temples outside of India. Then, watch the sunset at the beaches here, which are seldom crowded but just as lovely as the more popular spots. If you're hunting for bargains and enjoy haggling for the lowest prices, Denpasar's night markets are the place to go.

Weather

Enjoy your moment in the sun (don't forget the sunscreen)

Like the rest of Bali, Denpasar enjoys 2 seasons—wet and dry. The wet season lasts from October to April, while May to September are the dry months. Temperatures remain constant throughout the year, averaging at 88 degrees. Denpasar's weather is generally mild, except it can become uncomfortably humid in summer. Denpasar vacation rentals are often busy during the dry summer season, but if you want to score great deals and avoid Bali's humidity, you can schedule your vacation in April or May. Make sure you've packed a full water bottle when you're out and about in Denpasar.

Natural features

Denpasar: an economic center with a small-town feel

Denpasar is Bali's capital city, as well as its largest, covering a total area of approximately 48 square miles. Though this is the gateway to Bali and the island's economic hub, a great part of the city is rural, so it's little surprise that Denpasar maintains a small-town appeal. It was once the capital of its now-neighbor Badung Regency. The border between Denpasar and Badung contains forested mountains where deer, wild boar, and birds live. Denpasar vacation rentals are located near the city's beaches, which boast fine golden sand and gentle waters.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Denpasar

Fly into Denpasar (DPS-Ngurah Rai Intl.), the closest airport, located 7.1 mi (11.4 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Denpasar City?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 6,331 vacation rentals near Denpasar City. From 546 Houses to 250 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Denpasar City for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Denpasar City?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Denpasar City. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Sanur: 241 vacation rentals
  • Sanur Beach: 4,806 vacation rentals
  • Sanur Kauh: 215 vacation rentals
  • South Denpasar: 5,666 vacation rentals
  • Bali Beach Golf Course: 6,516 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Denpasar City! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Denpasar City?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Denpasar City:

  • Penatih: 5,464 rentals
  • Serangan: 5,382 rentals
  • Pesanggaran: 5,360 rentals
  • Ubud: 962 rentals
  • Canggu: 5,041 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Denpasar City?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Denpasar City. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Bali Beach Golf Course: 6,516 rentals
  • Honorary Consulate of Sweden and Finland: 6,516 rentals
  • Denpasar Market: 6,512 rentals
  • Udayana Golf Driving Range: 6,519 rentals
  • Benoa Harbour: 6,315 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Denpasar City listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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