In Central Java lies the small town of Salatiga. What attracts visitors to this land is its cool weather and the majestic Merbabu volcano. The Festival Mata Air is also held here, drawing in locals as well as international collaborators. Reaching Salatiga is just an hour-long bus ride from Solo or Semarang. If coming from Yogyakarta, the journey takes about 3 hours.
Salatiga is a small town without any major attractions. The Festival Mata Air, or Festival of Water, is a festival highlighting the sustainable use of Central Java’s water resources in three days of art and music, and it is the highlight of the year. A climb up Mount Merbabu or a visit to the shopping center named Plaza Taman Sari near the clock tower roundabout make for great day outings throughout the year. Salatiga is also a popular base for those looking to visit the mountainous town of Kepong. Here the natural splendor can be enjoyed on foot or on top a horse. During the wet season, the Umbul Songo Waterfall – translated to nine fountains – is a beautiful sight to behold.
Be sure to check out the interactive map of Salatiga for information on hotel locations, attractions, and must-see destinations.