Dili is the capital and largest city in Timor-Leste. The city has a total population of roughly 150,000 inhabitants. It is the political, commercial and cultural heart of the country and is located on the central northern coastline of Timor-Leste. The almost 500-year-old port city was massively destroyed during violent attacks in 1999 by Indonesian military and local pro-Indonesian militias. Still, some of the original buildings in Portugese colonial style remain, but Dili has not recovered yet and not many travellers visit the city or the rest of the country.
The climate of Dili is tropical with hot and humid weather year round. The western monsoon brings rains from December to March, while July to November is the dry season when occasional showers are still possible. Temperatures are usually around 30 °C during the day and still above 20 °C at night.
Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport (DIL) in Dili is the country's only airport with regular public passenger services.
Flights from Darwin in Australia are operated by Airnorth. Flights from Denpasar in Bali, Indonesia are provided by Merpati Airlines. Flights can be booked out weeks in advance, so plans need to be made accordingly.
|Dili Beach Hotel||Pantai Kelapa Beach Road||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Esplanada||Avenida da Portugal (Beach Rd)||Hotel||-|
See also International Telephone Calls
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