This big thriving city is the crowded capital of East Java. Home to many of the nation’s fiercest independence fighters, the city is known to locals as Kota Pahlawan (City of Heroes) and around the city you will see scattered statues commemorating many heroes of the independence moment
Historically this city used to be the trading hub for the illustrious inland empires of Java.
Situated on the mouth of the Brantasriver, today Surabaya is a modern industrial city, considered the economic and trading Centre of Eastern Java as well as home to the nation’s navy. For visitors, highlights of the city include its submarine museum, the immaculately presented Sampoerna museum, Cheng Hoo Mosque or a visit to the island of Madura where you can experience the excitement and thrill of a local bull race.
The city is also an ideal base to explore the other attractions of East Java including Mount Bromo, the cool mountain retreats of Malang and the natural beauty of Ijen Plateau.