Larantuka is the capital of Flores Timur. This coastal town used to be a naval base for trade and a central point for colonialization and clerical activities in Eastern Indonesia. Nowadays, Larantuka is still an important connecting port to the neighboring islands and the center of economic activities in the Flores Timur district, attracting many people from the neighboring villages to make a living in the town.
Having a long Catholic history, Larantuka hosts the famous Katedral Reinha Rosari. This cathedral, together with the two well-known chapels Kapela Tua Ana and Kapela Tuan Ma, are centers of activity during the famous Larantuka Easter procession. During Easter, this laid-back city turns into abusy and lively place bursting with pilgrims from all over the world.
There are a fewhotels and restaurants in Larantuka. Most of them are located in the downtown area.
How to get there
Larantuka is located at the Transflores ‘highway’. From Maumere it takes a 3-hour drive (about 127km).