by Piotr Smieszek
Yogyakarta is a town on the
Indonesian island of Java, in the middle of the
ancient region of Mataram, which was until the
tenth century AD the heart of the kingdom of the
It was during this kingdom when
Borobudur and Prambanan were built two temple
complexes which attract each year more & more
tourists to the city of Yogyakarta. Both of them
were honored for thousand years later by UNESCO
as a cultural heritage.
A city in itself is not very
old because its beginning is dated at the end
of the sixteenth century, when under Muslim rule
region awoke after 600 years of silence, and opening
the era of so-called second Mataram.
For Indonesians, the city also
has a patriotic significance. It is in fact a
revolutionary symbol of independence, after 350
years of Dutch occupation. It was for four years
the capital of the young Republic of Indonesia,
after the first president Sukarno proclaimed its
independence in 1945.
Yogya or Jogya (as its also
known to people) it is also an additional informal
cultural capital of Java.
Batik, Gamelan, Wayang, theater
arts Ramayana are only few of great number of
concepts in the field of art that we could see
in the city at every step. However, it does not
change the fact that on reality not paintings
or canvas, or Javanese dance, but the Borobudur
and Prambanan temples are the main magnets that
mostly attract crowds of visitors to the city.
And for this ‘mystical
duo ’Yogyakarta is worth to be visited.
However, if we already decide
to do so we need to know that we can uncover also
a large number of small tourist treasures, which
should absolutely increase length of our stay
here, from two to at least several days.
For each of these places you
can tell a separate story because each deserves
a separate effort. Perhaps I will tell these stores,
stories about the local tourist pearls of the
second plan. If you have not eaten fish in Depok,…
One of the undisputed attractions,
absolutely not discovered by foreign tourists,
is situated in the Indian Ocean black sandy beach
Depok, or otherwise - Pantai Depok.
It is only about 20 km away
from the urban space and may not be what you expected
from the beach as such.
However, would not it be boring
if I wanted to tell another story about another
beach paradise like thousands on the Indonesian
Depok Beach this very different
from "normal’, beautiful beaches because
that being the beach, is not her in the general
sense of this Word. Depok is not so much a beach
for swimming, but ... tasting fish, seafood and
The attractiveness of this place
is also based on the local fishermen. Their scattered
on the sand blue boats perfectly fit in to the
landscape, and correspond with the blue sky. With
any luck we may be witnessing the starting crew
into the sea or their return from the fishery.
Boats gracefully sliding on
the sand by a crew consisting of several people,
stuck in land or quickly disappear behind the
And if we talk about the return
of the see hunters there are fish in our story
that the wives and relatives of fishermen sell
at the local fish market, which is teeming with
life on the weekends like the beehive.
Families with children, students
and couples come here from the city for a picnic,
to the family or to find aromatic atmosphere,
to eat freshly grilled, fried, boiled, cooked
(according to taste and taste-client) fish.
The whole difference of the
experience in the Depok Beach lies in the fact
that in many small restaurants scattered all over
the beach, cooks can specially for us cooked many
different types of fish, crabs, prawns, mussels
and other types of seafood.
Indeed, the reach to the ocean,
the choice of main dishes and the restaurant is
great fun and worth a survival experience. An
additional advantage of such a choice to spend
a day in Yogyakarta, is also waiting time during
the preparation of our dishes.
We can sit quietly on a sandy
beach and hear the noise of the ocean, which in
Depok never stops.
Also the sunset at the local
beach is particularly phenomenal and incomparable
with other sunsets, which we used to enjoy on
the other beaches.
It is thanks to a kind of play
of light, rays of the setting sun, with the dark
sand of the Beach. Whenever I can get out there
on Sunday morning, I wonder how is it possible
that there are still no crowds of tourists who
crease at the same time on a crowded Maliboro
And after dinner it is always
good, just to walk a distance to the neighboring
Although Parangtritis beach,
is a different story.