Makassar Travel Guide

Makassar is the capital of the Province of South Sulawesi. With the modern Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport, Makassar is also a transit city connecting places in the eastern part of Indonesia to Jakarta and other cities in Java, Borneo (Kalimantan), Bali, Singapore, Malaysia, Hongkong, Philippines, and Brunei.

In the 16th century, Makassar had become Sulawesi's major port and the center of the powerful Gowa and Tallo sultanates. After the defeat of these kingdoms, the Dutch rule Makassar and rename the old precolonial fort Benteng Ujung Pandang (Ujung Pandang Fortress) as Fort Rotterdam. The Fort Rotterdam and the South Sulawesi's historical La Galigo museum inside is one of the Makassar's most popular sites until now.

Located on the west coast of the South Sulawesi, Makassar is directly facing the facing the Makassar Strait. This position brings a very nice sunset view year-round, especially from the Losari Beach (Pantai Losari), the city's famous beach just on the side of the road.

Makassar is a true gastronomic paradise for culinary lovers. Traditional cuisines are Coto Makassar, Sop Konro and Sop Saudara, Pallubasa, Songkolo, Pisang Epe', Es Pisang Ijo, Es Teler. Makassar is also famous for its seafood chinese food dishes.

Accommodation facility is widely available in Makassar at a variety of service grades ranging from star hotels to budget hotels and homestays. Simply check out our Makassar Accommodation List for more details on where to stay in Makassar.

Though the city area is fairly unattractive for travelers who love natural landscapes, it is very easy to escape to nearby islands with white-sand beaches. There are Khayangan, Samalona, and Kodingareng Keke islands that are reachable by one hour boat trip from Makassar. There are also Bantimurung-Bulusaraung National park with a great waterfall and butterfly conservation area some 45 km to the North from Makassar.

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