Portugis Fort in Jepara Regency, Central Java Province
The best thing about Jepara Regency is indeed the presence of Karimunjawa Island. It lures tons of tourists over time due to the richness of natural attractions, too. However, tourists must not overlook the historical value of the region. It is because Jepara Regency has several interesting spots to learn about the history, especially related to the colonial era. For example, there is Portugis Fort in Donorejo Sub-District. The exact location is in Banyumanis Village, actually. As the name suggests, the fort was built during the reign of Portuguese in Indonesia. Not only tourists can learn the history, but they can also take advantage of the site for photography and exploration.
For the information, Portugis Fort resides on a hill and near to the sea. On the horizon, the Mondoliko Island appears clearly! No wonder, the Portuguese took advantage of that strategic fort in order to monitor the ships that were in and out Jepara Regency back then. Plus, the fort features cannon with the range of shoot of 3 km. This explains why the fort was quite useful for the military purpose, too, in the past. These days, it offers none than a serene nuance and majestic construction for tourists. Not to mention the environment is quite peaceful and clean!
Exploring Portugis Fort
Well, the nuance itself gives a satisfying vacation experience to visitors. The fort features a park with numerous beautiful pants on it. That means tourists can simply relax and walk around the site in a comfortable manner. It would feel more relaxing if tourists come in the morning, in fact. The good thing is the site also features good facilities like the Portuguese House, toilets, mushala, beach panorama, and parking area!
People also come to Portugis Fort for photography. They may explore the fort and collect good photos either using a camera or smartphone. In terms of design, it looks old and historical. The square shape of the fort is covered by many ruins of the wall. Once entering the wall, tourists may find only an open field with some plants and trees on it. In the north part of the fort, there is the perfect spot for resting due to the presence of big trees. Do not forget to take photos of cannon, located both in the east and north part of the fort (facing the sea).
Another thing that tourists can enjoy in Portugis Fort is none other than to learn the history. In this case, they must consider hiring a tour guide who knows the information well. In a nutshell, the fort has become the part of the fight between the Dutch and Mataram Kingdom. Here is the unique thing. The fort also has an interesting myth to learn. It is said any foreigners or white people would be drowned in the sea if they pass through the gate of the fort, due to the curse of an astral creature called Bajul Putih. It is only a myth, though.
- Putri Mandalika Beach
- Manik Cave
- Gua Manik Beach
How to Get There
Tourists’ first destination is Jepara Regency. They may take around 2 hours and 12 minutes to get there, actually. It is because the distance is 78.1 km, but the trip becomes faster if they take Kudus – Semarang Street. From Jepara, their next destination is Banyumanis Village at Donorejo Sub-District. The distance between them is 43 km, so the trip may take around 1 hour and 8 minutes. As for the best route, tourists should take Jepara – Bangsri Street.
Where to Stay
- Kelet Hotel