While little known to international tourists, Gresik is a fixture on the domestic tourist circuit for travellers throughout Indonesia. Visitors flock to its numerous festivals including Festival Bandeng and Damar Kurung, as well as natural attractions like Gunung Kapur and Bukit Jamur, that lie within and just outside the city limits.
In stark contrast to large cities such as Jakarta and Surabaya, traffic is not a problem in Gresik. The area is also famous as an industrial powerhouse – many of the largest state-owned and private corporations operate factories just outside the Gresik city environs. The city’s port has been known as a famed regional centre of trade for centuries, earning it a mention in commercial documents dating as far back as the 1500s. Gresik is also well known for its many coffee shops, catering to its large student population.