Located on a higher altitude with a pleasant climate, some 25 kilometres north of Denpasar, Ubud has become known worldwide as a centre and haven for the arts. Ubud's Museum's "Puri Lukisan", "Neka Museum", Rudana museum and the amazing ARMA display a permanent collection of Balinese art dating from the turn of the century. There are also several art galleries and homes of famous artists here, including that of Dutch-born Hans Snel and the American Antonio Blanco. The "young artist" style now popular in Balinese painting was introduced by the Dutch painter Arie Smit. In the past, other foreign painters inspired Balinese artists to adopt western techniques but traditional Balinese paintings are still made and sold.
With a spectacular setting among lush rice paddies and the stunning hillsides of central Bali, Ubud offers a special atmosphere. Here you'll find wonderful palaces and temples, museums, dozens of shops and excellent restaurants. There are nightly performances of traditional dances. Accommodation ranges from cheap to very exclusive and expensive.