Ubud is the most famous Balinese art and cultural destination village. Set high in up hills and 1.5 hour drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport. It takes its Hindu heritage very seriously. Back in the year 1930, a number of famous European artists came to visit and many settled there. This, combined with the major talents of Ubud’s own painters, sculptures and craftsmen, resulted in it becoming the island’s Artists Colony. In addition it has a centre for the western New Age movement, particularly yoga schools and alternative healing. Ubud has many wonderful art museums and galleries, a great arts and crafts market, interesting boutiques and important temples and palaces. It is hugely popular with a visitor who wants to experience the spiritual side of Bali.