We've chosen the must-see highlights of this fantastic city.
The Bali Asli cooking school and restaurant, set in the midst of lush rice paddies in Gelumpang village, is a great way to get to know Bali. Learn how to make Balinese food on wood-fired stoves from Australian Chef Penelope Williams.
Jalan Raya Gelumpang, Gelumpang village, Amlapura, Karangasem
Take a jukung canoe from Candi Dasa for a half-day. Cruise down the coast and take in the fishing villages or the coves with white-sand beaches on either side of Padang Bai. Most hotels in the Amed area can make arrangements.
Trek up Mount Lempuyang to be rewarded with one of the oldest pre-Hindu temples in Bali. The temple is the island's third-largest, after Besakih and Ulun Danu Batur, and it offers a spectacular view of Bali's eastern tip.
Pantai Pasir Putih
Walk along the white sands of Pantai Pasir Putih in Karangasem for a beach day or for snorkelling. With sunsets that'll take your breath away, the beaches on the east coast of Bali, from Padang Bai to Candi Dasa, are among the nicest on the island.
Vincent's is a quaint, romantic restaurant in a garden setting with checkered tablecloths and excellent Western and Balinese food. Apart from the bars at the resorts, it is one of the best in Candi Dasa with a decent selection of wine.
Visit this secluded village to pick up local basket weavings or authentic double ikat cloths known as gringsing, some of which take years to finish. The high-walled village offers a unique glimpse into a rapidly disappearing way of life.