Known fondly as 'The City of Heroes' for the pivotal role that the city played in the Indonesian freedom struggle, Surabaya is one of Indonesia's most enigmatic cities. The country's second-largest urban settlement, Surabaya today reflects the influences of its many occupants. Arab Quarter, with its mazy grids of lanes, one of Indonesia's largest Chinatowns, and the remaining vestiges of classically beautiful Dutch colonial-era buildings all make up Surabaya's heritage.
Undeservedly left off of most tourists' itinerary of Indonesia, Surabaya has much to offer any visitor that chooses to walk through its historic streets. 21st-century developmental projects aimed at alleviating the city's traffic and pollution troubles aim to elevate Surabaya to a major tourist destination. Surabaya's pockets of rich heritage, sprawling botanic gardens, the immaculately maintained Sampoerna Museum, beautiful churches, mosques, and markets make Surabaya a hidden-gem amongst Indonesia's more illustrious tourist destinations.
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The best time to visit Surabaya is from May-September. Like other Indonesian destinations, Surabaya has a tropical climatic condition as it is located quite close to the equator. May - September is considered to be the dry months in the country and hence, is the peak season for travellers. During this time, there’s minimal rainfall, and the temperature is hot and humid, but comfortable enough for touring around the places during the daylight. October - April, on the contrary, are the wettest months in Surabaya and hence, exploring the places is a little challenging.
The warmest weather in Surabaya is generally mid-October when the average temperature is around 95.5°F (35.3°C) daily. So, to get the most out of your trip to Surabaya, make sure that you plan your holidays during the dry months of May-September.