Atambua is the capital of Belu district, Nusa Tenggara Timur Province. Atambua is the second-biggest city in Timor Island after Kupang. Itâ€™s located on the western Timor. This city has received Adipura award 3 years in a row. Atambua is surrounded by hiils offering interesting places to visit..
Atambua is the capital of Belu district, so both histories of Atambua and Belu are connected each other. According to local culture, Belu means friendship. The people of Belu used to be freindly and care each other. After Netherlands came to colonize, Belu was divided into two areas, South Belu and North Belu. While Atambua itself, the capital of Belu, means a place for hamba-hamba suanggi.
If you come to this city, you need to see Tugu Kecil Atambua (Atambua Small Monument). This monument is the monument stating that Atambua is a clean city. Not far from the location, thereâ€™s Kolam Susuk. In this place you can enjoy beautiful nature scenery. Jobugujur Bakelin Hill is also a nice spot to come to, where you can see fascinating nature panorama from the top of this hill.
One main beach in Atambua is Motadikin Beach. At this white sandy beach, you can spend a day playing at the beach, sunbathing or perhaps surfing. Thereâ€™s also Atapupu Beach for you to swim at this beautiful white sandy beach.
One typical food in this city is rumpu rampe. This food is made of vegetables consisting papaya flower, banana flower, cassava leaves and roasted rebon shrimp. You can also find Bose Corn, tthe typical food of Nusa Tenggara Timur, in this city. This Bose Corn is made of corn and red bean mixed with coconut milk and salt. Itâ€™s perfectly served with roasted fish.
Atambua is served by the Haliwen Airport.
The AA Bere Talo Airport is located in the border area between Indonesia and East Timor and is a domestic airport only. Previously the airport was name Haliwen Airport but the name was changed in September 2013.
The Airport is only about four kilometers from the Atambua city center. Easiest and cheapest mode of transport to or from the city is the ojek (motorcycle taxi), these cost around Rp 15,000 depending on the distance and your negotiating power. Taxies are available as wel.