While aiming for the biggest city isn’t the principle aim of most tourists visiting Bali, it’s still good to know just a few things about it. Just in case you have to run through it anyway.

Denpasar is a major metropolitan area in the south point of Bali. It has a population topping 700,000 at last count, and heading for 1 million soon. There’s another 2 million in the surrounding suburbs. Denpasar has everything you’d expect in a major metroplitan area: malls, markets, restaurants, and an airport. And traffic. It’s also home to the Bali Museum, although many other museums in Ubud and such get more of the spotlight.

Climate-wise, Denpasar is as tropical temperature as the rest of the island. Its average temperatures run from 23 to 32 Celsius (74 – 90 F) with rainy season from November through March.