Besides its traditional harbor, the Makassar seashore has become famous all over Indonesia thanks to the Losari beach walk, a popular tourist destination known for its dramatic sunset views and mouthwatering sea food. Rising above the sea at the southern end of Pantai Losari, lies the Amirul Mukminin ‘floating mosque’, a futuristic twin-domed house of worship that can accommodate 500 believers.
Located only a few hundred meters away is the bustling Somba Opu street lined with stores displaying jewelry, clothes, textiles and handicrafts. When in Makassar, strolling around this shopping center is the best way to bring Sengkang woven fabrics, Bugis sarongs or other local souvenirs back home. Casual restaurants and traditional street food vendors are all around, serving specialties that can’t be missed. Beef lovers would enjoy Coto Makassar stews, Konro ribs or Pallubasa Serigala dishes, sweet tooth gourmets would indulge in Pisang Ijo and Pisang Epe banana desserts. Makassar Chinatown is worth a visit too, as a well preserved and authentic neighborhood where to witness old Chinese heritage buildings and temples, including the oldest Kleteng Xian Ma, also known as Istana Naga Sakti.
While in Makassar, escaping the city and heading to the beautiful tropical islands around is a must for anyone who appreciates seaside day trips. Samalona and Kodingareng Keke, only 30 minutes away by motorboat, are absolutely stunning islets, with fine white sand beaches, crystal clear water and superb coral reef snorkeling spots.
“Makassar has a great potential for developing new tourism strategies that implement sustainability principles and include local communities. We invite BBTF delegates to find out more about a vibrant city that deserves a higher attention from tourism stakeholders” said I Putu Winastra, head of BBTF 2023 committee and chairman of ASITA travel association Bali chapter added.
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