About — King’s Road, Chelsea
There is something very special about King’s Road, Chelsea. No one can quite define it. That’s the point. It’s visceral. It’s made up of generations of memories all woven into a love affair that’s indescribable. So why try?
Just come on over and get the feeling for yourself. Stroll along. Kick back. Mooch. Drop the pace. Still the mind. Catch the breeze. Forget the world, just jump on the tube, catch the bus, hail a taxi, get the plane, sail in by boat, phone the chauffeur, ride the bike or take a walk. However you want to get here is fine by us.
Join us for a special time and mix it up.
What goes on behind the scenes:
This site is independently owned and managed by a small team that lives and works in Chelsea. Shops mentioned and interviews with individuals featured on the site or the associated Instagram stream do not pay for mentions. We work closely with local landlords, councillors and community groups in the area and recognise individuals and organisations without fear or favour.
We regularly feature individuals in the area who are creating interesting businesses and who are making positive changes. We sometimes run promotions and competitions with these groups as a way to highlight their work and to bring people together to share this place.
Art Installation by the Chelsea Fire Station:
In December 2017 we identified an area that was falling into disrepair next to Chelsea Fire Station. With the co-operation and support from the building owners and Sloane Stanley we have produced an art space and large scale mural. This scene changes periodically throughout the year. Artists are paid for their work and have been chosen from their interest in the street art project. The funding is provided by Sloane Stanley, a family owned Estate that has been investing in Chelsea since 1717. Whilst they are fully engaged in the project and supportive they do not direct the project nor the artistic intention of each mural. The financial support is provided as part of their community initiatives which also include The Royal Court Theatre, Chelsea Physic Garden, Chelsea Arts Society, Chelsea Arts Club and other locally based groups. The window is used to share community based projects. The space has become well loved by locals and visitors alike. The artists who work on and in the space all speak of its transformative effect on them and their love of working at large scale and in real life. We have also run art workshops with local organisation Dove Art Studios. We welcome approaches by creatives who would like to collaborate and who are interested in making interesting statements with their art. We are greatly indebted to all those who have helped us make this happen and grow and who have done so much quietly behind the scenes.Flower Power, Daisy Day and Tea at the Vestry:
Over the years we have hosted many local events including a Charles Dickens talk and tea, fashion show events at Chelsea Town Hall, flower basket arrangements for Chelsea Flower Show and Daisy Day for Chelsea Fringe where we attempted the Guinness World Record for the longest daisy chain.
Mary Quant Plaque:
In December 2018 we held an impromptu drinks event on Dovehouse Green for passersby and from a chance encounter there we orchestrated a plaque to Dame Mary Quant to be installed on the site of her original King’s Road boutique. The plaque was handmade in Cornwall by the makers who work for English Heritage and was funded by Cadogan as part of their sponsorship of the Mary Quant exhibition at the V&A and supported by Mary Quant Ltd. Orlando Plunkett-Greene, Mary Quant’s son, unveiled the plaque and the event was picked up in national press. Keith Howard, a local resident, had the idea for the plaque.
Bringing theatre to the road is one of our guiding principles and so we created a social enterprise with Love My Human in 2018 to bring a charity dog show to King’s Road, Chelsea. We called the event STRUTZ and generated funds for a variety of animal charities including PDSA, Wild At Heart Foundation, SOY Dogs and Dog’s Trust. The event is a dog fashion show with a silent auction and we have had over 50 suppliers of dog-wear and accessories donating products for charity.
For many, many years we raised the funds for the Christmas tree lighting that ran the length of King’s Road from Sloane Square to World’s End Theatre. We were able to raise funding for a large Christmas tree on World’s End Estate for the first time ever. This has now become an annual tradition. In 2019 the Christmas lights were provided by the main landowners in the area, Cadogan, Sloane Stanley and Martin’s Properties.
Find the TOAST Chelsea Shop at 205 King’s Road
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ZARA – Chelsea, Kings Road
Getting Here – King’s Road, Chelsea
ZARA is located near the crossroads of Cadogan Gardens and King’s Road, in Chelsea, London, at Duke Of York Square.
Simply a 1 minute drive time from Lower Sloane Street, Pavilion Road, Sloane Square and Holbein Mews; a 5 minute drive from Pimlico Road, Cliveden Place and Chelsea Bridge Road; or a 11 minute trip from Latchmere Road and Chelsea Embankment.
When using route planners to get here, enter the postcode SW3 4LY.
If you’re traveling by bus, you should alight at Duke of York Square, Royal Hospital, Chelsea Bridge Road or Sloane Square Station / Lower Sloane Street. Your line options: 11, 19, 22, 44, 137, 211, 319, 360, 452, C1, N44 and N137.
The tube can be caught at Sloane Square Station (600 ft), Victoria Station (3720 ft) and South Kensington Station (3800 ft away). The simplest lines to use are the District, Piccadilly, Victoria and Circle.
Trains travel directly to Victoria Station (3900 ft), Battersea Park Station (1.23 mi) and Queenstown Road Station (1.34 mi away). Simply catch the lines: Govia Thameslink Railway, South West Trains and Network Rail.
In the nearby area you’ll find Royal Hospital Grounds, Eaton Square, Royal Court, Hans Place, Chelsea Physic Garden, Lister Hospital, St Luke’s Gardens, Belgrave Square and Royal Brompton Hospital.
ZARA Locations Nearby London
With this store, ZARA now operates 17 different locations in London. ZARA is located near to its sister branches at:
Look over a complete directory of ZARA stores near London.
Christmas, Easter, Bank Holidays 2021
Please note, typical hours of opening for ZARA in Chelsea, Kings Road may not be correct over UK legal holidays. In the year of 2021 it is applicable to Xmas, Boxing Day, Easter Monday or Spring Bank Holiday.
Duke Of York Square
When coming by ZARA, please be sure to take a look around the additional great stores at Duke Of York Square.
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Surgery Opening Times – West London Group Practices: Kings Road Medical Centre | Barbly Surgery | Cassidy Medical Centre | Randolph Surgery
Kings Road Medical Centre
|Monday||8:00am – 9:00pm|
|Tuesday||8:00am – 6:30pm|
|Wednesday||8:00am – 9:00pm|
|Thursday||8:00am – 9:00pm|
|Friday||8:00am – 6:30pm|
|Saturday||9:00am – 3:00pm|
Monday –Thursday: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm(Pre-bookable appointments only between 18:30-20:30)
Friday: 8:00 am– 6:30 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am-12:00 pm (Pre-bookable appointments only)
Cassidy Medical Centre
|Monday||8:00am – 8:00pm|
|Tuesday||8:00am – 8:00pm|
|Wednesday||8:00am – 8:00pm|
|Thursday||8:00am – 8:00pm|
|Friday||8:00am – 8:00pm|
|Sunday||8:00am – 8:00pm|
|Monday||8:00am – 6:30pm|
|Tuesday||8:00am – 6:30pm|
|Wednesday||8:00am – 6:30pm|
|Thursday||8:00am – 6:30pm|
|Friday||8:00am – 6:30pm|
Bank Holiday Timings
Please see our Latest News for seasonal opening times and closures.
Find out what to do when the surgery is closed.
Parks and Facilities | City of West HollywoodParks and Facilities | City of West Hollywood
The City of West Hollywood is currently responding to the unprecedented Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and is working as quickly as possible to address community needs with links to resources, information, and relief for our residents, businesses, and community members.
Click the graphic below for information related to Coronavirus (COVID-19). The page will be updated as new information, resources, and relief from Federal, State and County agencies are made available.
Community » Recreation Services
Executive Order No. 2020-12
Emergency Executive Order 2020-12 establishes the re-opening of West Hollywood Park and Plummer Park to public visitors as follows:
- Park recreation spaces are available for public use by optional reservation. Reservations are available at Plummer Park in the Vista Lawn and Fuller Lawn areas and at West Hollywood Park in the Great Lawn area. Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Numbered spaces will be outlined in the grass and City staff will be available to assist users’ with finding their spaces. Individuals can book a space for a two-hour block between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. There is no cost to reserve a park space. Park visitors at all City of West Hollywood parks are subject to compliance with park guidelines (listed below). Reservations may be made by visiting the West Hollywood Recreation Park and Facility Reservation system online, Active Net, at https://apm.activecommunities.com/weho. Those wishing to make a reservation must have an Active Net account, which can be easily created at the above link. Individuals will receive a confirmation email when their reservation is approved. For all other City of West Hollywood Recreation programs, please visit www.weho.org/recreation.
- Visitors at Plummer Park and West Hollywood Park may also use non-reserved park areas without a reservation for passive recreation on a drop-in basis. Use of all City parks, whether by reservation or on a drop-in basis, is subject to compliance with park guidelines (listed below) are subject to any other applicable city, county or state requirements.
- Physical distancing of six feet between groups that are not part of the same household is required. Avoid crowded areas.
- Organized activities and group fitness classes, yoga instruction, dog training and personal training sessions are not permitted in any city park, including neighborhood parks.
- Face coverings are required under Executive Order 2020-3.
- Water fountains shall remain closed. Members of the public are encouraged to bring water from home.
- Bathrooms remain closed.
- Visitors shall leave the area clean and remove all personal items and trash before leaving park.
- Playground and exercise equipment remain closed.
The City of West Hollywood requires face coverings at all times while in public and social distancing rules of at least six feet should continue to be followed, even when outdoors.
The City of West Hollywood has several parks and a swimming pool. West Hollywood and Plummer Park facilities are available for recreational events, community meetings, and sports activities. Kings Road Park is reservable for community events Monday through Saturday on a limited basis. No bookings are accepted for Sundays. All park facilities are open seven days a week, with the exceptions of holidays. Call the park offices for details.
Kings Road, Chelsea – And So To Bed
591-593 Kings Road, LONDON, London SW6 2EH – Get Directions
Telephone: 0207 731 3593
Email: [email protected]
|Monday||10:00 – 18:00|
|Tuesday||10:00 – 18:00|
|Wednesday||10:00 – 18:00|
|Thursday||10:00 – 18:00|
|Friday||10:00 – 18:00|
|Saturday||10:00 – 18:00|
|Sunday||10:00 – 16:00|
- Luxury beds and bedroom furniture in London
- Extensive range of Vi-Spring and Tempur mattresses and divans available to try
- Set over two floors
- Parking at rear of the showroom
- Nearest tube station – Fulham Broadway
Meet the team
Jeff Cohen – Showroom Manager
Alex Westbury – Trade Sales Manager
Susie McEldowney – Sales Consultant
About the showroom
Our And So To Bed store in the Kings Road, London is the leading luxury bed and furniture store in London and is close to Fulham Broadway tube station. Parking is available at the rear of the store. We are delighted to offer you an exceptional choice of bespoke handmade beds and luxury mattresses, including Tempur and Vi-Spring to ensure your supreme comfort night after night. We believe that your bedroom should be a space of elegant tranquillity and our range of luxury bedroom furniture has been specially designed to complement the styles of beds we offer and help you achieve a stylish yet relaxing ambiance. We are passionate about helping you to reach unrivaled levels of luxurious comfort and have been advising people just like you on how to achieve the perfect night’s sleep for over 40 years. We have a dedicated team of expert sleep consultants who will be delighted to advise you on achieving the best night’s sleep possible in our dedicated Mattress Studio, where you can try out each of our luxurious mattresses until you find the perfect one for you. Come and visit our And So To Bed store in the Kings Road, London today and try out our range of beautiful beds and luxurious mattresses for yourself and see why we are the premier bed and mattress specialists in London.
Sassoon Salon UK
All prices are from and established on consultation.
| Salon |
| Top |
| Master |
| Principal |
| Colour |
|COLOUR CHANGE||£ 135||£ 140||£ 145||£ 150||£ 155|
|COLOUR REGROWTH||£ 86||£ 91||£ 97||£ 102||£ 108|
|BLEACH & TONER REGROWTH||£ 123||£ 128||£ 133||£ 138||£ 143|
|TINT & FOILS||£ 158||£ 168||£ 176||£ 186||£ 195|
|TWO TONE||£ 120||£ 125||£ 130||£ 135||£ 140|
|COLOUR ENHANCER||£ 47||£ 47||£ 47||£ 47||£ 47|
| Salon |
| Top |
| Master |
| Principal |
|BALAYAGE||£ 205||£ 225||£ 235||£ 245||£ 258|
|HLTS / LOWLIGHTS Full Head||£ 205||£ 225||£ 235||£ 245||£ 258|
|HLTS / LOWLIGHTS Half Head||£ 158||£ 168||£ 176||£ 186||£ 195|
|FACE FRAMES||£ 72||£ 72||£ 72||£ 72||£ 72|
|COMB ON COLOUR||£ 72||£ 72||£ 72||£ 72||£ 72|
|PERM & RELAXER||On Consultation|
|UK COLOUR DIRECTOR Edward Darley||On Consultation|
A simple sensitivity test is required 48 hours in advance on select colour services.
Seal Colour is recommended after every colour service to maintain long-lasting colour radiance, vibrancy and shine.
A professional blow-dry with a stylist on all colour, perm or treatment services without a haircut will be required. Alternatively, we are happy to offer you a blow-dry with a senior assistant for £20.90,000 Opening hours of royal medical institutions on holidays
Dec 22 2020 11:42 AM
In the coming weekends and holidays, the working hours of the city’s medical institutions will change. Korolev.
all polyclinics work on January 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 from 8.00 to 20.00;
emergency medical care works from 1 to 10 January from 8.00 to 23.00.
For the child population:
all polyclinics work on January 4, 5, 8 from 8.00 to 20.00 and 2, 6, 9 January from 8.00 to 14.00;
emergency medical care is provided on January 1, 3, 7, 10 from 8.00 to 14.00.
The neuropsychiatric dispensary is open on January 5 and 8 from 8.00 to 14.00.
Primary Oncology Department – January 5 and 8 from 8.00 to 14.00.
Immunoprophylaxis room (covid vaccination):
Adult polyclinic of the Central branch – on January 3 and 6 from 8.00 to 14.00;
Adult polyclinic of the Kostinsky branch – January 4 and 8 from 8.00 to 14.00;
Polyclinic of the Yubileiny branch – January 5 from 8.00-14.00.
Women’s consultation at the Korolevsky maternity hospital (Oktyabrskaya str., 30, tel .: 8 (495) 511-09-19) – January 2, 4 from 8.00 to 14.00;
Women’s consultation at the Yubileiny branch (Yubileiny microdistrict, Pionerskaya st., 8/10, tel.: 8 (495) 519-00-38) – January 5 from 8.00 to 14.00;
Women’s consultation at the Kostinsky branch (Dzerzhinsky st., 11, tel .: 8 (495) 519-35-04) – January 6, 8 from 8.00 to 14.00.
The rest of the time, for all questions, contact the admission department of the maternity hospital, the admission department of the central branch (gynecological department).
Trauma center and trauma and other departments
They work in emergency mode, regardless of holidays – 24/7.
Duty units of dispensaries that provide psychiatric, narcological, oncological medical care, as well as specialized medical and sanitary care in the field of dermatovenerology will work according to the following schedule:
1. Korolev Narcological Dispensary (Korolev, Pervomayskaya St., 19a):
Abmulatory and polyclinic care in the profile of “psychiatry-narcology” will work from January 1 to January 10 according to the weekend work schedule (Saturday) from 8.00 to 14.00.
Inpatient assistance – around the clock.
Medical examination rooms for intoxication – around the clock.
2. Korolevskiy dermatovenerologic dispensary (Korolev, Gagarina st., 48a):
January 1 – day off;
January 2, 7, 9, 10 – from 8.00 to 13.00;
January 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 – from 8.00 to 18.00.
3. Psychoneurological dispensary department of the Korolev city hospital (St.Korolev, st. Bogomolova, 8):
January 5 and 8 from 8.00 to 14.00.
4. Primary oncology department of the Korolev city hospital (Korolev city, Yubileiny microdistrict, Pionerskaya st., 8/10):
January 5 and 8 from 8.00 to 14.00.
Dental care for adults and children during the New Year holidays will be provided at the address: st. Gorky, d.25a according to the following schedule:
January 1, 2 – from 9.00 to 14.00;
January 3, 4, 5, 6 – from 8.00 to 21.00;
January 7 – from 9.00 to 14.00;
January 8 – from 8.00 to 21.00;
January 9, 10 – from 9.00 to 14.00.
Korolevskoe branch | Moscow Regional Clinical TB Dispensary
141071, m.Korolev, md. Textile worker, st. Kaliningradskaya, 30
Head branch: 8 (495) 515-9246
Information: 8 (495) 515-3077
Stationary: 8 (495) 515-3077
Office working hours:
Mon-Fri: from 8.00 to 18.00
Sat: from 9.00 to 13.00
Lunch: from 12.00 to 12.30
Day off: Sunday
By public transport – from the suburban railway station “Yaroslavsky” train in the directions “Monino”, “Shchelkovo”, “Fryazino”, “Fryazevo” to the stop “Podlipki Dachnye”.
Go to the opposite side – (store “VESTA”, buses and minibuses No. 12, 13, 15, 16, to the stop “Committee Les” (reference point – restaurant “Dvoryanskoe nest” – the second stop). building (approximately 30-50 meters).
By car – Yaroslavskoe highway, exit to Bolshevskoe highway, md. Textile worker, st. Kaliningradskaya, 30
Schedule of reception of district TB doctors at the Mytishchi Branch
Address: Moscow region, g.Korolev, md. Textile worker, st. Kaliningradskaya, 30.
Lunch break: 1st shift – 12:00 – 12:30, 2nd shift – 14:00 – 14:30
Reception of healthy population is carried out in order to obtain certificates, conclusions, examination of contact persons.
* “Korolevskaya city hospital No. 2” children’s polyclinic: Korolev MO, ave. Cosmonauts, 18
** “Korolev City Hospital No. 3”, Korolev, md. Pervomaisky, st. Pervomaiskaya, d.19
Admission of the adult population:
Admission of adult patients is carried out by in the direction of doctors of medical organizations, as well as self-applied patients.
At the first appointment, have:
- Referral from a doctor of a medical organization.
- Compulsory health insurance policy.
- SNILS (insurance pension certificate).
- X-rays, CT disc (if available) with specialist description.
- A policy of compulsory medical insurance obtained in other regions of the Russian Federation must be registered in the Moscow region
Reception of the child population:
Reception of the child population is carried out in the children’s office (No. 9) in the direction of the district pediatrician, as well as with self-appeal.
At the first appointment with a doctor, a phthisiopediatrician should have:
- Pediatrician referral.
- Child’s birth certificate (original, copy).
- Passport for children from 14 years old (original, copy).
- Passport of one of the parents.
- Compulsory health insurance policy.
- SNILS (insurance pension certificate).
- X-rays, CT disc (if available) with specialist description.
Compulsory health insurance policy obtained in other regions of the Russian Federation must be registered in the Moscow region
Dunaeva Svetlana Eduardovna
Head of the Royal Dispensary Department
Precinct TB doctor
Education: Volgograd State Medical University, General Medicine, 2006
Certificate: Phthisiology, certificate until 2022
Certification category: highest
Afanasyeva Svetlana Vyacheslavovna
Precinct TB doctor
Education: higher, Chisinau State Medical Institute named after N.Testemitsa, general medicine, 1991, doctor
Certificate: Phthisiology, certificate until 10.05.2021
Certification category: highest
Demidova Lyudmila Vyacheslavovna
Precinct TB doctor
Education: higher, Tver State Medical Academy, Pediatrics, 1997, doctor
Certificate: Phthisiology, certificate up to 07.05.2024
Certification category: highest
Sukhova Svetlana Alexandrovna
Precinct TB doctor
Education: higher, Kuban Medical Institute named after the Red Army, pediatrics, 1996, pediatrician
Certificate: Phthisiology, up to 10.05.2021
Certification category: highest
Rumyantsev Vadim Anatolievich
Education: higher, Tver State Medical Academy, general medicine, 2000, doctor
Certificate: Phthisiology, until 07.05.2024
Boykova Lyudmila Vyacheslavovna
Education: higher, Alma-Ata State Medical Institute, Pediatrics, 1991, pediatrician
Certificate: Phthisiology, up to 15.02.2023
Certification category: highest
Nikitchenko Tamara Sergeevna
Precinct TB doctor
Education: higher, 2nd Moscow State Medical Institute named after N.I. Pirogov, pediatrics, 1977, doctor
Certificate: Phthisiology, certificate up to 20.10.2023
Certification category: highest
Sharapova Galina Anatolievna
Head of the X-ray diagnostic office, radiologist
Education: higher, Leningrad Pediatric Medical Institute, Pediatrics, 1996, doctor
Certificate: Radiology, certificate up to 24.03.2025
Royal Trail in Spain El Chorro Gorge
Royal Trail in Spain El Caminito del Rey, located in El Chorro Gorge – a unique place for thrill-seekers …
The walking route, passing at a great height among the rocks, is not accidentally called the Road of Death.
At the beginning of the 21st century, many adventurers died in this extreme corner.
But over time, the trail was equipped, and now, according to the rating of the Lonely Planet, it is one of the best attractions on the planet.
If you are near the city of Malaga, take the chance to come here on an excursion, and some useful tips will help you prepare.
History of the origin and name of the Royal Trail
The history of El Caminito del Rey is rather unusual. Tourists are also interested in the name, which is worth learning more about.
A bit of history: how the El Caminito del Rey route was born
The route was originally laid not for entertainment, but for practical purposes. Intended for workers who erected a dam, a dam and two power plants in Conde del Guadalhorce in 1901-1905.
Due to the complexity of the relief, it was difficult for people to get to the construction site and bring materials. To facilitate the work, a narrow (1 m wide) but relatively reliable structure was erected.
The walkway consisted of concrete slabs held on piles and metal sleepers driven into the rock.
Over the years, the trail was unclaimed and fell into disrepair. But extreme people became interested in it, but after the death of several people, the authorities in 2001 closed the route.
Opened only in 2015, after reconstruction and installation of safe fences.El Caminito del Rey – new road on top of the old one.
Why the trail is named “Royal”
The name of the hinged road is not accidentally associated with the monarchs.
The fact is that after the completion of the construction of hydraulic structures, in 1921, the Spanish king Alfonso XIII was invited to the opening ceremony.
To attend the event, the ruler had to walk along the path, and it was immediately dubbed the Royal.
The construction process of El Camino del Rey was not easy. Since the business was dangerous, sailors, accustomed to climbing high masts, were attracted to the installation of the structure.
The most difficult work, according to the unofficial version, was entrusted to prisoners sentenced to death.
Of course, now no one will confirm such facts.But residents of the surrounding villages say that ghosts still roam the El Chorro gorge, frightening people with terrible howls.Royal trail before reconstruction.
Today the trail is equipped with railings and fences along the entire path. Walking on a wooden suspension bridge is quite comfortable, albeit scary.
But the bizarre relief of limestone cliffs amazes the imagination, and the bird’s-eye views of the gorge evoke a feeling of delight and awe.The trail in the El Chorro gorge – modern look.
Where is the Caminito del Rey
Considered one of the most extreme mountain trails in the world, Caminito del Rey runs over a precipice near the Andalusian village of Alora.
The scenic route runs from the gorge of the Guadalorce River to the dam built at El Chorro.
This area is considered one of the best mountaineering regions in Europe. In addition to the actual transitions along the trail, camping and mountain biking are popular here.River Guadalorce in El Chorro.
Caminito del Rey – what awaits tourists
The main thing that attracts most tourists to the trail is the feeling of danger and the desire to experience vivid emotions.
And the King’s Road lives up to expectations. From the very first steps along the narrow path, you forget that it is safe – looking into the abyss, it is difficult to believe in such statements of the organizers.
So that an unprecedented rush of adrenaline is provided even to the most cold-blooded people.The steep slopes of the Caminito del Rey.
A little more than a meter wide path runs along a steep slope.
It offers amazing views of wooded plateaus, bizarre cliffs and cliffs cut by time.
A railway runs parallel to the path, periodically emerging from mountain tunnels onto bridges.
Trekking to the gorge.
By the way, one of them was used to shoot the shots of the movie “Von Ryen’s Train” with the brilliant Frank Sinatra.
Features of the structure
The bridge connecting the two sides of the canyon is made of metal and is securely fastened with strong ropes. Passing along it, it is difficult to imagine that a couple of decades ago there were practically no fences here.
Moreover – the Andalusian authorities deliberately destroyed several flights to stop dangerous walks.
However, hundreds of routes for climbers have been laid in the rocks – real extremists do not consider the trail in its modern form to be something serious.A bridge between the two sides of the El Chorro gorge.
Caminito del Rey Route
The Caminito del Rey Route is approximately 3 kilometers long:
- part of the route runs through the Valle del Hoyo, with its emerald greenery;
- a small section will have to go through a dark tunnel;
- The most exciting part of the entertainment is the suspension bridge.
While traveling from one point to another, you will come across observation platforms for viewing the surroundings.Some of them are equipped with glass floors, so your heart stops when you look down.
And be sure to take photos – such landscapes will not be found anywhere else in the world.
(Source – digitalphat).
What you see on the Royal Trail
As you walk the trail, admire the enormous vertical cliffs, a deep ravine and the blue Guadalhorce River that rages below.
Birds of prey soar under the clouds.
If you are lucky, you will also see mountain goats, which easily move along the steep cliffs.
The feeling of sadness is caused by a memorial plaque installed on one of the plumb lines. The plate with photographs is dedicated to brave people who tried to conquer the Death Road before recovery and fell into the abyss.
Peculiarities of the route
The safety of the trail is now at a high level. However, when the wind blows, the suspension bridge sways, and it can be a little creepy at times.
At such moments it is better not to look at the depth of the gorge, and slowly move forward, holding onto the railing.Walk along the royal path.
Walking along the Royal Path is an extreme and rather long excursion (the route is designed for about 4 hours), so seriously prepare yourself.
Here are some tips:
- Walking is not recommended for people with weak nerves or frequent dizziness.
- Children are admitted from 8 years old and, of course, accompanied by an adult.
- On the road, wear comfortable shoes: sneakers, trainers.Slates, sandals and high heels are excluded. Buy shoes at the entrance if necessary.
- The route starts and ends at different points between which the bus runs.
- Toilets just in front of the checkpoint and at the exit. But on the way there will be a recreation area with benches, where you can take a breath and have a snack.
- If you forget to take the printed receipt, tell the administrator the surname of the person in whose name the ticket was issued, or the booking number.
- If the wind speed exceeds 35 km / h, the administration closes the trail.
- At the end of your tour, pay tribute to the local cuisine: the restaurant opposite the train station serves delicious goat meat.
Lake in the El Chorro mountains
If you wish, combine an extreme attraction with a visit to a mountain lake. In the summer heat, it is fresh and cool, and the water is pure and clear.
At the local rental offices you can rent a surfboard or catamaran, and after an active holiday it is worth stopping by one of the restaurants or having a picnic.Lake in the El Chorro mountains.
How to get on the excursion along the trail
When planning your trip, keep in mind that sometimes the road is closed due to bad weather conditions (tickets are refunded).
It is recommended to book a trip several weeks in advance.
Rockfalls are not uncommon in the mountains, so the number of visitors per day is limited to 400 people. For the same reason, tourists are prohibited from removing their protective helmet from their heads.
The cost of entering the Royal Trail
The cost of crossing El Chorro is 10 euros.
But it is better to pay 11.5 euros: this price includes a bus that will bring you directly to the attraction.
Supplement for a walk with a guide – 8 euros.
Where to buy tickets
Buy sightseeing tickets on the official website or on the website of our official partner ⇒ .
Online pre-purchase is the best option, because there are many who want to tickle your nerves.
Death Road Schedule
Camino del Rey is open for walks every day except Mondays, Spanish public holidays and preventive maintenance days.
Since the trail can withstand a certain number of people, they start inside in groups with an interval of half an hour.
The visit time will be indicated on the ticket.
How to get there
Since the King’s Trail is 60 km from Malaga, most travelers come from this southern city.
If you are traveling by your own transport, estimate the route in advance on the map available on the website: http://www.caminitodelrey.info/en/#3.
Here is information on how to get to the north or south points of the trail.Route Malaga “Maria Zambrano” – “El Chorro-Caminito del Rey”.
Alora – southern point
You can reach the southern point of Alora from Malaga:
- By train that leaves from the Maria Zambrano railway station. The desired stop is called “El Chorro-Caminito del Rey”. Upon arrival, you will see a bus that takes tourists to the start of the trail.
- By car. The distance between settlements is 42 km, the journey will take a little less than an hour.
Many visitors to Andalusia choose the rail option.The route is interesting because the road is laid through several mountain tunnels, and it offers gorgeous panoramas of the gorge and green valleys.Station “El Chorro-Caminito del Rey” in lora.
Ardales – North Point
You can reach the village of Ardales by car along the A-357 motorway (distance from Malaga is about 58 km).
When the village remains on the left, take the MA-5403 motorway.
Then follow the directions for another 8 km of winding road.
Near the restaurant “El Mirador Ardales” there is a paid guarded parking lot. If you do not want to pay 2 euros per kilometer – free parking.Ardales.
Important tips for organizing your trip
- The route is linear, not circular, you will follow it in one direction from the north (from the side of the village of Ardales) to the south (towards the village of Alora).
- To get to the beginning of the route or to your own transport after passing it, you will have to move over rough terrain.
- You can walk between the starting and ending points, but it is much easier to use the shuttle bus that runs between the northern entrance (Ardales) and the southern entrance (Alora).
- The bus travel time between stations is 20-25 minutes, depending on traffic intensity. Opening hours: 08:30 to 16:30.
- Waiting time at the entrance 15-30 minutes as the groups are formed.
- If you arrive in one of the settlements by car, take into account that you will have to return for it.That is, if you initially park in lora, then you need to get to the northern entrance (Ardales), to the beginning of the route. If you park in Ardales, then after passing the route (Alora), you must return there. You can take the bus.
- If you arrive by train (station “El Chorro-Caminito del Rey”) you need to get to the starting point (Ardales) on foot or by bus.
- Time to complete the route 4 – 4 hours, depending on physical fitness.
Route and all key points on the map
|1 – Caminito del Rey||4 – Ardales|
|2 – El Choramin Delyamin stop||5 – North entrance from Ardales|
|3 – Restaurant with parking “Mirador Ardales”||6 – South exit from Alora|
Hotels in the Caminito del Rey trail area
enjoy the beauty of the surrounding nature, stay in one of the hotels near the trail.
Here are some accommodations:
- Complejo Turistico La Garganta ⇒ . An excellent 3 * hotel with a large swimming pool. A double room starts at € 100, but the fantastic views of the mountains and the El Chorro gorge are worth it.
- Hostal Caminito del Rey ⇒ Budget option in the village of Alora. Despite its modest name, this is a decent guest house with a green area, clean, comfortable rooms and delicious breakfasts.A double room per night costs from 40 euros.
- La Posada del Conde ⇒ Housed in an old mansion, this country hotel is located in the picturesque Desfiladero de Los Gaitanes Park. It offers luxurious rooms with panoramic windows, a sunbathing terrace, and an exquisite restaurant. The cost of a double room is from 75 euros.
King’s Road is an amazing place worth visiting at least once in your life.
Walking under the clouds, you will experience the power of will, enjoy the breathtaking views and feel the amazing feeling of freedom – from the hustle and bustle, worries and everything that seems secondary here.
During such an excursion, you understand the meaning of Yulian Semyonov’s statement:
“Only the roads will push back old age.”
Hamina is a walled city in Finland
May 16, 2012
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Hamina is located on the shores of the Gulf of Finland (40 km to the Russian border, 240 km to St. Petersburg, 100 km to Vyborg).The population is about 22 thousand people, it is a small city, but it has a rich history. The first mention of the settlement dates back to the middle of the 14th century.Hamina city. Town Hall Square
The favorable location at the intersection of land and sea trade routes contributed to its development, and in the 17th century a city appeared here.During the Northern War, it was burned down, but in 1721 it began to be rebuilt and received the name Fredrikshamn (the city of Friedrich, in honor of the Swedish king). But this name never caught on, and soon another – Hamina – began to appear in all documents. The Swedes began to build a fortress here, but the work was never completed. Under the peace treaty of 1743, the city was annexed to the possessions of Russia. And after the entire territory of Finland passed to Russia at the beginning of the 19th century, the need for the construction of protective structures disappeared and some of the fortifications were dismantled.But the remains of the fortress walls have survived in Hamina to this day, you can see them if you walk from the market square along Vallikatu street and reach the park.
What attractions are there in Hamina?
The Town Hall is located in the central square. It was originally built in the Baroque style (in 1798), but later underwent reconstruction and began to look more like a neoclassical building. The old clock, installed on the tower, works regularly to this day.8 streets radiate from the Town Hall Square in different directions, which are connected by transverse streets that form two rings around the central part of the city (Pikkuympyräkatu – Small District, Isoympyräkatu – Big District). On the central square there are two old churches: the Lutheran Church of St. John and the Orthodox Church of Peter and Paul, as well as the Museum of Russian Samovars.
The octagonal building of the Flag Tower (Kaivokatu, 6) rises above the market square.In summer, there is a tourist information center (you can book excursions, buy a map of the city, buy souvenirs).
At the City Museum (Kadettikoulunkatu, 2) you can get acquainted with the 350-year history of Hamina. The museum occupies the building where negotiations between the Russian Empress Catherine II and the Swedish King Gustav III took place in the summer of 1783. Opening hours: in summer: Tue-Sun 11.00-16.00, in winter Wed-Sat 11.00 -15.00, Sun 12.00-17.00.
You can also learn a lot of interesting things about the life of the city by visiting the Merchant House-Museum (Kasarminkatu, 6).Its exposition consists of an old shop, living quarters, which were occupied by the merchant’s family, and ancillary premises in the courtyard (laundry, stable, ironing, craft workshops, smithy). Opening hours: in summer: Tue-Sun 1.00-16.00, in winter Wed-Sat 11.00 -15.00, Sun – 12.00-17.00.
The Museum of the School of Reserve Officers (Kadettinkoulunkatu, 8) will tell about the military history of the city, and in the former powder magazine of the Turku bastion there is the Jaeger Museum (exposition of photographs and weapons).
In the passenger port of Tervassaari you can order a boat trip around the islands of the Gulf of Finland.There are good fishing spots there.
Shopping in Hamina
Not far from the road leading to Helsinki, on Maariankatu, there is one of the Lidl stores (a good selection of groceries and a department with clothes, shoes and household goods). Another popular tourist shop in Hamina is Robinhood (on Rautatienkatu). Here you can find inexpensive household goods, clothing, cosmetics, perfumes. Sibeliuskatu has a K-Supermarket. Fashionable clothes can be found at Seppala.Interesting small shops and three banks are concentrated around the main square.
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Spa and water activities in HaminaThe small port town of Hamina, which is famous for its rich history and museums, is usually visited for leisurely walks in the center, and the resort side of its life remains in the shadows.
Where to stay?
Hotelli Hamina is located in the city center.The hotel room capacity includes 32 comfortable rooms. All rooms have air conditioning, TV, desk, hairdryer. The hotel has a sauna, bar and meeting room. Pets are allowed. Address: Sibeliuskatu, 32.
Small hotel with 12 rooms Haminan Seurahuone (Pikkuympyrakatu, 5). The building has Internet access, a restaurant, a karaoke bar and a nightclub (open on weekends).
If you are interested in camping, then Hamina Camping Pitkat Hiekat is at your service.
Within 20-25 km of Hamina there are the following hotels: Cumulus Kotka, Sokos Hotel Seurahuone, Motel Road 66.
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Termessos, Antalya, Turkey – history, map, excursions, photos, videos, how to get there, hotels nearby on Turister.Ru
In the vastness of the Turkish National Park “Gulluk” there is one attraction that attracts lovers of ruins – the city of Termessos. Unlike other similar places in Turkey, the settlement has practically not been restored and appears to travelers in its original form.
This was largely due to its location at an altitude of 1050 meters above sea level. The road upstairs cannot be called easy, but this disadvantage is more than compensated for by beautiful views. Due to its inaccessibility, the landmark was nicknamed “Eagle’s Nest”.And the official name “Termessos” translated from Etruscan means “high fortress in the mountains.”
The uniqueness of Termessos has not gone unnoticed by international organizations. In 2000, the ancient city was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
History of Termessos
The settlement was first mentioned in the pages of the Iliad. Homer writes about the Greek hero Bellerophon, who was commissioned to conquer the city.
Apart from this passage, little is known about the ancient history of Termessos.It is assumed that the city was founded by the Pisidian tribe of Solim. This name, according to Strabo, comes from the Anatolian god, who in later times was identified with Zeus. This is evidenced by the coins with the image of the deity minted in the settlement.
The first historical mention of Termessos dates back to 334 BC. e. . At this time, Alexander the Great made attempts to capture Termessos, but the commander’s intentions were not crowned with success. The settlement became one of two cities in Asia Minor, which the Macedonian army could not conquer – deep gorges and steep slopes provided sufficient defense.
In the II century BC. e. the city took part in conflicts against the League of Lycian cities, and then against its neighbors from Isinda. During this period, the city also founded its own colony called Termessos Minor (also known as Oioanda). During another conflict, this time with Selge, Termessos entered into an alliance with the king of Pergamum – Attalus II.
During the period of Roman rule in Asia Minor, the settlement retained considerable autonomy as a friend and ally of Rome. Residents were allowed to establish their own laws.
The prosperity and existence of the ancient city ended with the earthquake. Tremors destroyed the aqueduct that supplied the city with drinking water. The exact year of the event has not been determined. But it is known that in the 5th century AD. e. no one lived in the settlement.
Europeans Thomas Abel Brimage Sprott and Edward Forbes were the first to explore the ruins. It happened in the first half of of the 19th century . The result was the publication of the book Travels to Lycia.
What to see in the ancient city of Termessos
A winding path leads from the national park to the ruins.This route served as the main road in ancient times. Along the path, you can see the remains of the so-called Royal Road, consisting of boulders. The surviving fragments date from the 2nd century AD.
City walls and gymnasium
Between the ruins of the city walls, you can see the remains of an aqueduct and 5 underground cisterns with a barred top. At one time, they stored water supplies. One barrel held about 100 tons. The walls of the gymnasium rise nearby – half are underground.The surviving northwestern part is decorated with niches and ornamentation in the Doric style. The building dates back to the 1st century AD. e.
If you go southeast, you will find yourself near the agora, the so-called market square. Previously, the space was surrounded by several rows of columns. Now they are lying on the ground in a chaotic manner. The gallery-portico in the northwestern part of the agora was built at the expense of King Attalus II in the 2nd century BC. e. The northeastern fragment of the colonnade was built later, in the 1st century AD.e. at the expense of a wealthy resident of Termessos Osbaros. The main attractions of the town are adjacent to the square: the theater, the building of the bouleuterium and temples.
To the east of the agora are the ruins of an amphitheater. The building was erected in the Hellenistic period in accordance with classical Roman traditions. Hewn stones were used as a material. The maximum capacity was 4200 people. Here you will not find the vaulted arches characteristic of the amphitheaters of the later Roman period.The lower floor of the stage contains something more interesting: several rooms for animals.
A bouleuterium building is located 100 meters from the amphitheater. The building was intended for a meeting of the city council, and also served as an odeon (a small theater for musical and poetry performances). Of all the buildings of the ancient city of Termessos, it is the best preserved. Greetings from the past are sent by 10-meter stone walls. In their eastern and western parts there were huge windows that let in sunlight.The roof, unfortunately, has not survived.
The ruins of 6 temples were discovered on the territory of the ancient settlement. Most of the buildings were located near the market square, one was located next to the entrance.
A church dedicated to Zeus was adjacent to the bouleuterium. The temple boasted majestic walls. It is no longer possible to assess their magnificence – they have not survived to this day.
The second temple, located at the corner of the odeon, was distinguished by a more modest size of 5.5 meters in length.The building was framed by 4 columns. The surviving fragments date from the 2nd century AD. e. Thanks to the inscription above the entrance, we know that the religious building was built in honor of the goddess Artemis. The initiators were a local resident Aurelia and her husband.
In the eastern part of the agora lie the ruins of another temple. Research has shown that it was the largest religious building in the ancient city. The surviving inscription says that the temple was also dedicated to the goddess Artemis.
Look for 2 more churches near the Attalus colonnade.The buildings date back to the 2nd century AD. e. That’s just in honor of whom the temples were installed, while it remains a mystery.
Founder’s House and Necropolis
In the southwest side of the square, you will come across the ruins of another building, the house of the founder of the city. The fact that the building belonged to a certain founder of Termessos is indicated by a sign on the left side of the door.
The ancient settlement surrounds the cemetery from 3 sides. The tombs are richly decorated sarcophagi. One of the tombstones belongs to Akletis and dates back to the 4th century BC.e. The crypts carved into the walls have survived to this day. Most of them suffered at the hands of vandals.
When to visit Termessos in Antalya
You can see the attraction on any day of the week. From April 1 to October 1, the territory is available for visiting from 10:00 to 19:00, from October 1 to April 1 from 08:30 to 17:30. Ticket offices close half an hour before the end of the working day.
Cost – 10 Turkish Lira per person.
How to get there
You can get there both independently and as part of excursions.It is worth noting that organized tours to these ruins are arranged much less frequently than in Perge or Side. Antalya and Kemer are usually the starting points. Travelers are warned in advance about climbing the mountains.
By public transport : at the Antalya bus station you need to take a dolmush (minibus) following to Korkuteli. The ride takes about 20-25 minutes. The schedule must be checked on the spot. In advance, ask the driver to drop you off near the park entrance. It remains to overcome 8.5 kilometers.There are 2 options: hitchhiking or go all the way on foot. In the summer, taxis are often on duty in the surrounding area, in winter this is more difficult.
By car : it is much easier to rent a car. Antalya is separated from the destination by a distance of 30 kilometers. Take the D350. After 25 km, at the intersection with signs, turn left. From there take the 8.5 km road to Termessos. The path is narrow and winding, so follow carefully.
By taxi : use the services of local companies Üçgen Taksi, Muratpaşa Taksi, Atatürk Taksi.Cars are also easy to call using special buttons, which are equipped with stops, some posts and trees in Turkey.
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Walk to Greenwich and Dog Island
(Greenwich, Isle of Dogs)
Allow 3-6 hours for a walk around Greenwich, 1.5-3 hours on Dog Island.
Greenwich is located in southeast London, in the second transport zone.
From the center can be reached in 15 – 40 minutes, depending on the chosen transport. Dog Island is located on the opposite bank of the Thames from Greenwich.
Greenwich and Isle of Dogs
What sights to see in Greenwich and Dog Island:
Greenwich and Dog Island
Greenwich and Dog Island
Opening hours – daily from 10-17: 00
In the information center, in addition to ordering all kinds of excursions and buying souvenirs, you can see exhibitions devoted to the history of Greenwich.Opening hours – daily from 6 am, closes at different times, depending on the season.see schedule
What to see:– hills overlooking London and Dog Island Opening hours and admission fees to the Observatory, Queen’s House, National Maritime Museum, Planetarium, Cutty Sark can be viewed on the Royal Museus Greenwich website.
Opening hours – daily from 10-17: 00
– entrance to the astronomical center – free
– entrance to Flamsteed House and the Meridian Line area – £ 6.35, children under 15 – £ 2.25.
Opening hours – daily from 10-17: 00, entrance until 16:30
Cost: free admission
adults – 6.5 £, children 4.5 £
– entrance to the territory from 8-18: 00
– Sunday entrance to the Chapel from 12:30
– closed on 24 and 26 December
– free admission
– guided tour costs £ 6 for adults, children under 16 – free.
Duration of the excursion is 90 minutes. Held daily at 14:00.
Opening hours – daily from 10-17: 00, entrance until 16:30
Cost: free admissionHow to get to Greenwich: You can get to Greenwich by metro, electric train, city river bus or excursion boat CityCruises.
Option 1 – by light metro:Change trains from the regular metro to the light rail (DLR) at Bank or Tower Gateway stations. You need trains ending at Lewisham.Get off at Cutty Shark or Greenwich Station. Subway map. The journey takes 20 minutes.
Travel cards are suitable: Oyster card, 1 Day Travelcard, 7 Days Travelcard.
Option 2 – by train:
From central London to Greenwich can be reached by train in 15-25 minutes.
Travel cards are suitable: Oyster card, 1 Day Travelcard, 7 Days Travelcard.
Trains leave several stations:
No change on the way 16 minutes, with one change 20 minutes.
On Sunday you can get there without a change. The train to Barnehurst Rail Station runs every 25-30 minutes.On other days, you need to make 1 change at London Bridge station. Trains run from Charing Cross to London Bridge with a terminus at Tunbridge Wells, Hayes (Kent), Gillingham (Kent)
Trains from London Bridge run every 10 minutes. Towards Slade Green, Dartford.
Stop Greenwich (Rail Station).
On weekends and weekdays, you can get there without a change in 12 minutes.
Train towards Dartford and Cannon Street (circular route, returns to the same station).
Trains run every 10 minutes.
On weekends and weekdays, you can get there without a change in 8 minutes.
Train towards Dartford and Cannon Street, Slade Green, Dartford.
Trains run every 10 minutes.For more details on the schedule and route, visit the London Transport website. Set departure point and destination, select date and time.
Option 3 – Thames Clipper river bus:
By river bus from central London to Greenwich, the journey takes approximately 40 minutes.You can return in the same way, but not from Greenwich Pier, but from Canary Wharf, for example.
The ticket can be bought at the ticket office on the pier.
– single ticket 6.5 £
– by Oyster card – 5.85 £
– by Travelcard – 4.3 £
– child ticket (5-15 years old) £ 3.25, with Travelcard – £ 2.15Join the Facebook page with interesting photos and news about London.
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Ubud Water Palace
Ubud Water Palace (Puri Saren Agung, Puri Saren Ubud) is located in the heart of the city, opposite the market.The modern building was erected in the first half of the 20th century, when the old one collapsed from an earthquake. The heirs of the titled family still live here today. Only part of the building is open to visitors.
In this article, you will find out what the Royal Palace in Ubud looks like and why it is interesting. I will tell the story of the dynasty of local rulers and the construction of the complex itself. In the second part of the text, I will describe convenient routes to attractions from the resort area, and I will give you some useful tips.
Description of the palace
The palace has retained its authenticity to this day. Although it was rebuilt more than once, in the architecture, restorers carefully repeated all the traditional Balinese elements. Its territory resembles a temple, it is surrounded by greenery, very clean and well-groomed.
The entrance is right on a busy street. It looks like a gray and red stone arch decorated with carvings. Nearby, you will see two green lanterns and traditional sculptures of deities guarding the area.The opening is blocked by a beautiful wrought-iron gate reaching only half of the arch. After passing through it, you will find yourself in a spacious courtyard. There are neat flower beds and shrubs in it. A huge banyan tree grows not far from the entrance. Tourists often sit and rest near it.
Luxurious pagodas stand on either side of the courtyard. Each of them has its own purpose. For example, one contains instruments for the traditional local orchestra – the gamelan. The collection was created by one of the rulers of the city, it is the most famous and richest on the island.Another pagoda is called Wantilan, intended for negotiations, audiences, social events.
There are several outbuildings near the pagodas. There are many stone sculptures in the courtyard, carved with great skill. All parts of the complex are harmoniously combined with each other, they are surrounded by bushes and tropical trees, neatly trimmed lawns and flower beds.
On the left side there is a side entrance – a large gray gate with a wooden door decorated with gold.But more impressive is the central gate, located directly opposite the arch you enter. They are triangular, like in temples, symbolizing the sacred Mount Agung.
Brick red at the gate. In the center is a narrow wooden door covered with gold stucco. Above it is a stone demon mask set against a background of intricate patterns. The top of the gate is decorated with a three-level pagoda, ending with a semblance of a coat of arms or a crown with twisted lines.
The gates are guarded on both sides by stone statues, which at first glance are terrifying.A short staircase rises to the door, and two trees grow at its foot. The entrance is closed to visitors. Even members of the royal family use it only on special occasions.
A stone wall extends from the central gate in both directions. It has gates through which you can enter another courtyard. Here you will see a large carp pond. In its center is a huge turtle holding two pagodas on its back, symbolizing peace. There are even more flowers and trees growing in this courtyard.
There are dining and throne rooms inside the palace. They are decorated with wood paneling, almost entirely covered with gold and stucco. They contain a rich collection of Dutch colonial furniture. Unfortunately, the entrance to these premises is closed. You can get there only by personal invitation or on the days of official events (which are rare). The rest of the space can be viewed completely free of charge.
Entertainment and Festivals
The main event that takes place in the palace is the literary festival.Each year, a different theme is chosen for it, close to the Hindu culture. Writers from all over Indonesia and even from abroad come here to present their new books. Literature lovers also strive to get to Ubud on the days of the festival in order to be the first to buy interesting books, listen to famous authors. Previously, artists were often exhibited here, but now they have moved to other locations.
Dance performances are held on the territory of the palace every evening. Ubud is famous for its choreographic schools, and the best artists of the city and the entire island perform in the palace.The action is accompanied by a gamelan orchestra with talented musicians.
The view numbers are always different:
- Monday – Legong
- Tuesday – Bina Remaya Ramayana Ballet
- Wednesday – Legong and Barong
- Thursday – Legong Paradise Trans
- Friday – Barong
- Saturday – Legong
- Sunday – Legong Mahabharati
The order of presentation sometimes changes, new numbers appear. Therefore, this list is indicative only.
- Start – 19:30
- Price – Rs 100,000
During dance performances, the entire territory of the palace is illuminated with multi-colored floodlights. The play of light looks especially bright on the high central gate.
The history of the palace
In this section I will tell you about the history of the construction of the complex. But you cannot talk about the palace without remembering the dynasty that ruled here for several centuries.
Calling the palace in Ubud a royal is not entirely correct.The rulers here were not kings, but rather princes. The territories were part of the kingdoms of Gelgel and Klungkung. Between the 15th and 17th centuries, when the Majapahit empire fell, many aristocrats and Hindu religious leaders came from Java. At that time, there was a struggle between the clans on the island. Ubud passed from hand to hand for a long time. But over time, a balance was established on the island.
At the beginning of the 17th century (according to other sources – at the end of the 16th century), the king of Klungkung sent one of his princes to Sukawati to establish power there and reconcile the warring clans.The new ruler began the construction of the palace and temples, inviting architects, artists, stone carvers from all over the island. Since that time, a special community began to form in Ubud, in which people of creative professions predominated. Princes often acted as their patrons and patrons.
In the middle of the 17th century, problems arose in the villages of Padang Tegal and Taman. But the local prince, with the help of his brothers, was able to pacify the rebellious provinces. Then there was a long period of confrontation with Mengwi.Ultimately, the two kingdoms were able to conclude an alliance with each other.
In the late 1700s, the Tjokorde dynasty, who called themselves the kings or princes of Sukawati, were in power in the area. Their descendants are still alive and own the palace.
Until the middle of the 19th century, the local principalities offered powerful resistance to the Dutch colonialists. After the fall of Mengvi, many aristocrats and public figures who fled from the Dutch came here. They were able to raise the economy of the region, the population began to grow rapidly.But at the beginning of the twentieth century, the kingdom surrendered, control passed to the Europeans. Local princes lost power, but not authority among local residents. They continued to influence the secular and religious life of the community.
The young prince Chokorde Gede Agung Sukawati was especially noted. He was fluent in English and Dutch and had a talent for doing business. In the 1920s, together with his older brother Chokorde Raka Sukawati, he opened one of the first hotels.Then they began to rebuild the palace, which had been destroyed by the earthquake. At that time, the family lived in a different place, now there is a market there.
Chokord Gede invited the famous artist Walter Spies to Ubud, who became the founder of modern Balinese art. Rudolph Bonnet and William Hoffker came for him, then Ari Smith, Antonio Blanco and many others.
Painters formed the Pita Maha Association. They found talented young people in different areas, taught new techniques, and adopted original local techniques and styles.It was these artists who discovered the culture of the island for Europeans and made it a place of pilgrimage for creative people. In fact, tourism in Bali started from Ubud, or rather from its princely dynasty and palace.
At this time, the influence of the Chokorda family persists, although it is not official. Its members are ordinary citizens of Indonesia, but they often hold important positions in the local government and have almost complete control over religious life. The descendants of the princes often act as patrons of the arts; it was on their initiative that a literary festival was organized.They are treated with great respect by the people of Ubud.
It is not known what the palace in Ubud looked like before the beginning of the 19th century. The first information about the building dates back to the period of the reign of Ida Tjokorda Putu Kandel in 1800-1823. It was he who built a building here that is as similar as possible to a modern one. But in 1917 it was destroyed by an earthquake.
In the first half of the 20th century, brothers Chokorda Gede Agung Sukawati and Chokorda Raka Sukawati began to rebuild the palace.The author of the project was the famous sculptor and architect I Gusti Nyoman Lempad, who came here from Gianyar after a conflict with the rulers of the city of Blahbatukh. He also created several sculptures that you can see on the territory of the palace, but many others are the creations of unknown local masters.
The construction of the palace took several decades. It actually ended in the 50s of the last century, when the Saraswati temple was officially opened on its territory.By the way, it is from here that another name appeared – Ubud Water Palace, or the Water Palace in Ubud. In fact, there is no water in the palace. But in the Saraswati temple there really are pools with lotus flowers.
In recent years, the building began to be renovated. During the renovation, its main value is retained – its adherence to the traditional Balinese style. There are very few palaces on the island that would have preserved all the elements of local architecture. That is why Puri Saren Ubud is considered the most original and beautiful.
How to get to the palace
To get to the Royal Palace, you need to get to the center of Ubud. The communication between the city and the resort area is good, because many come here to buy souvenirs, get acquainted with the ancient and modern culture of the island.
Here are the methods I suggest:
- Use public transport
- Rent a car or bike
- Order a taxi
Below I will tell you more about each option.
You can go to Ubud by buses of two companies – Kura-Kura Bus and Perama. Their main offices are located in Denpasar, and the final stop is in Kuta. On the way, they definitely stop at Sanur.
Below I will describe the routes of each company.
Kura-Kura buses travel short distances in the resort area, have many stops on the way. They are easy to spot on the road from their bright green and yellow cabins.Ubud is the farthest point where the Kura-Kura delivers, you can get there by bus line No. 5.
Stops are located at the following addresses:
- Kuta – DFS Bus Bay (Jl. ByPass Ngurah Rai, Kuta, Ground Floor)
- Sanur – Coffee Gallery (Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai No.278, Sanur)
- Ubud – Museum Puri Lukisan (Jl. Raya Ubud No.23, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar)
Departure time and ticket price:
- From Kuta – 09:00; 11:00; 13:00; 14:30
- From Sanur – 09:29; 11:30; 13:33; 14:53
- From Ubud – 11:00; 13:30; 15:30; 16:30
- Price – Rs 80,000
After exiting the bus, turn towards the entrance to the Lukisan Museum, then right and walk straight on Jl.Raya Ubud. After about 300 m (4 minutes walk) there will be an intersection. Immediately behind him, on the left side, you will see a gray-red arch – the entrance to the Royal Palace.
The Perama company travels long distances, connecting almost all major cities of the island. It has few stops along the way, only Sanur is between Kuta and Ubud. The cars are white with a branded lettering on the sides.
- Kuta – Jl. Legian No. 39, Kuta
- Sanur – Jl.Hang Tuah, Sanur
- Ubud – Jl. Raya Pengosekan, Ubud
Departure time and cost:
- Departure time: 06:00; 07:00; 10:00; 12:00; 13:30; 16:30
- Ticket price: 60,000 rupees
- Departure time: 06:30; 07:30; 10:30; 12:30; 14:00; 17:00
- Ticket price: Rs 50,000
- Departure time: 08:30; 10:30; 12:00; 13:30; 15:00; 18:00
- Ticket price: to Sanur – 50,000 rupees, to Kuta – 60,000 rupees
After exiting the bus, turn your back to the company office building, then go right towards the exchanger.Drive straight on Jl. Raya Pengosekan and Jl. Hanoman. After 1.4 km you will come across a T-junction, here turn left onto Jl. Raya Ubud. Walk straight for about 300 m, until on the right side you see two green lanterns, and near them the arch of the entrance to the palace.
The journey by public transport takes approximately 2-2.5 hours. From the Kura-Kura stop, you will get to the sights in 5 minutes. Perama buses stop further from the center, so the journey will take about 20 minutes.There is a taxi stand right next to the office of this company, you can order it if you don’t want to walk. But I advise you to walk and see the city, it is really interesting.
For more information about the bus service in Bali, see the article Buses in Bali
Rent a vehicle
The rented transport to Ubud is faster than the bus. In addition, you will be completely free to explore the surroundings, regardless of the last flight.
The road to Ubud from the resort areas lies through Denpasar.
I will describe the route from the capital:
- Leave town on Jl. WR Supratman heading east. At the intersection marked by the figure of a white monkey, turn left onto Jl. Raya Batubulan.
- Next, you have a direct path for 6.5 km. Immediately after the road turns sharply to the left, you will find yourself at a small intersection. There will be an Indomaret store in front of him (you will see its sign). Here you need to turn to the right.
- After 200 m – a fork, at which you need to turn left, focus on a road with better coverage.
- Continue for 300 m and turn left at the fork next to the field.
- Then again a straight path for 4.5 km. At the end of the road section, you will see a beige curbstone with a burgundy Art Studio sign. Here you need to smoothly turn to the right (again, be guided and the road with the best asphalt).
- After 1.8 km, you will find yourself at a large intersection with signs for Monkey Forest and Goa Gadja.Take a sharp left onto Jl at this point. Monkey Forest.
- Continue straight for 1.7 km on the winding road and stay on the asphalt until you are at the junction with Jl. Raya Ubud. Directly in front of you, on the opposite side of the road, will be the arch of the entrance to the Royal Palace.
Ubud Water Palace, Puri Saren Agung, Puri Saren Ubud on the map
The Royal Palace is located in a busy location on the central street of Ubud. There are many restaurants and souvenir shops near it. There are several attractions within walking distance that are worth paying attention to.
Recommend to view:
Ubud Market, Pasar Ubud, Art market
Located just opposite the palace and occupies an entire block.Here, craftsmen from the city and the surrounding area sell their products, they even come from other regions of the island. In the market, you can find both cheap souvenirs and real works of art. Almost all directions are represented – painting, wood and stone carving, silver jewelry, fabrics, batik and much more. Prices are lower than in the resort area.
- Address: Ubud, Kecamatan Gianyar, Gianyar
- Opening hours: 08: 00-18: 00 (daily)
Pura Taman Saraswati, Taman Saraswati Temple
The temple is part of a palace complex built by Lempad, like Puri Saren Ubud.To get to it, standing with your back to the arch, turn right (towards the intersection), walk a hundred meters, and you are there. The entrance is just outside the Starbucks Café. The most attractive thing about the temple is the lotus pond and the beautiful gate. The inner territory is closed for tourists most of the time.
- Address: Jl. Kajeng, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar
- Visiting the temple is free.
- It is not always possible to get to the temple, there is no clear timetable.
Museum Puri Lukisan
One of the most famous museums in the city is located 200 m from the palace, near the Kura-Kura bus stop.It contains works by famous European artists of the first half of the twentieth century, who discovered Bali to the world. Here you will see paintings by local painters of that time, who, together with the Europeans, were part of the Pete Mach group. Lempada sculptures are on display in the north wing. There are also works by famous contemporary authors in the museum.
- Address: Jl. Raya Ubud No.23, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar
- Opening hours: 09: 00-18: 00 (daily)
- Price: Rs 85,000, free admission for children under 11
Puri Kelodan Ubud
Traditional Balinese house built on the site of a former royal domain.The family who lives here conducts excursions, talks about the rituals and traditions of the people. You will see some living rooms, a family temple. Everyone in the house is very proud to be the custodians of the royal heritage.
- Address: Jl. Monkey Forest No.1, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar
- Price: donations
Kahiyang Coffee House
Located near the Saraswati temple. The café serves delicious coffees, a mixture of local varieties and varieties brought from other parts of Indonesia.The cozy interior helps to relax, and the spacious terrace offers views of the surroundings. If desired, you can have lunch and dinner here.
- Address: Jl. Kajeng No.1, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar
- Opening hours: 07: 00-19: 00 (daily)
- Prices: coffee – from 18,000 to 35,000 rupees, dishes – from 10,000 to 35,000, lunch – from 50,000 rupees.
Casa Luna Restaurant
Large Balinese style restaurant with luxurious furnishings and fabrics.The color scheme is calm – in white and beige tones. The cuisine in the restaurant is varied, there are local, European, Asian dishes. They pay attention to health, offer whole programs to cleanse the body. The restaurant is part of the same complex as the hotel and spa.
- Address: Jl. Raya Ubud, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar
- Opening hours: 08: 00-23: 00 (daily)
- Price: main courses from Rs 50,000 to Rs 125,000
If you are going to visit the palace, the information below will come in handy.
Schedule and cost:
- Opening hours: daily from 08:00 to 19:00
- Free admission
Here are some more recommendations:
- If you want to see everything calmly, you need to arrive early in the morning. Closer to lunchtime, there are a lot of tourists here.
- To get to the show and take your seats on time, you must arrive at 18: 30-19: 00.
- The Literary Festival takes place in the middle of autumn.In 2019 (from 23rd to 27th October), its theme will be “Karma”. About 150 writers from 30 countries are expected to arrive.
An excursion to the Royal Palace of Ubud will please everyone. It is small, so it will take less than an hour to explore all the interesting places. If you come here with children, they will not have time to get tired, they will really be interested.
Travel will be a great opportunity to get acquainted with the real Balinese architecture. You can imagine how the rulers of the island lived over the past centuries.In the evening you will see traditional dances that are not at all similar to European ones.
Do not forget to see the city, because there are many interesting sights here. Read more about this on the Ubud page.
On the page Palaces and Castles of Bali, you will find detailed information about the features of the architecture, purpose and arrangement of the palaces of the island.