Ubud, the art and culture capital of Bali, has a lot to offer if you tire of idyllic coasts and hip bars. From monkey-filled forests to a demon-fronted cave temple, here are our favourite attractions in and around the city.
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Among the many splendid hills and landscapes in Ubud, Campuhan Ridge remains one of the most popular spots for hiking, cycling and sightseeing. Here you’ll find the ornate and historical Gunung Lebah temple, plus rivers, valleys, a gorgeous stretch of palm trees and fresh tropical greenery. This neighbourhood is also closely tied to the ancient history of Ubud: it’s the meeting point of two rivers where the Hindu priest Rsi Markandeya received divine inspiration and built the first temple in town – an event that spurred Ubud’s significance as a spiritual escape.
In Don Antonio Blanco’s mansion, on a gorgeous hilltop in Ubud, the Blanco Renaissance Museum presents a unique mix of cultures that inspired and influenced the maestro’s works. Though many pieces in Blanco’s collections of paintings, illustrated poetry and erotic artworks were inspired by Ubud – where he relocated and his art flourished – his mansion is a European baroque-style building with a touch of renaissance grandeur.