Aileu Tourist Places to Visit in Aileu, East Timor, Asia

Aileu Tourist Places to Visit in Aileu, East Timor, Asia

Aileu is a township located between latitude 8°43′ in the south and longitude 125°34′ in the east in Aileu District of East Timor. It is situated about 37 km southeast of national capital Dili. Aileu District has an area of 729 sq. km. Aileu, Laulara, Lequidoe and Remexio are the sub districts of Aileu District.

Aileu District shares its boundaries with Manatuto District in the east, Dili District towards north, Ainaro District to the south, Manufahi District on the southeast and Ainaro in the south, Liquica in the northwest and Ermera District towards west.

Due to the near proximity with Dili and the good connectivity with major cities of the country, the corporate giants of the foreign countries are aiming Aileu to start their new establishments. Aileu is home to few good educational institutions and hospitals also.


History of Aileu:

Aileu was earlier called as ‘Vila General Carmona’ during Portuguese rule in East Timor. The name ‘Vila General Carmona’ is named after Portuguese ruler António Óscar Carmona. Aileu District was previously the part of Dili District and carved out from Dili District during the last part of Portuguese rule in East Timor.


Food of Aileu:

Rice is a widely used staple food in Aileu. Along with rice the natives of Aileu depend on other staple foods like cassava, sweet potatoes, corn, seafood, pork and chicken. Bibinka, Portuguese Tart, Tapai, Feijoada and Budu are the general dishes of Aileu locals.


Connectivity to Aileu:

Due to the nearness with national capital Dili, Aileu has got good connectivity with all the main cities of the country. There are frequent bus services accessible at Aileu Bus Stand to Dili, Bobonaro, Ermera, Lautem, Liquica, Ainaro and Oecusse. The taxi service is also available.

Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport, Dili is the closest airport to Aileu located at a distance of 43 km. Atauro Airport is another nearest Airport accessible to Aileu.


Tourist attractions near Aileu:


Aileu’s Town Church:

Aileu’s Town Church is a worth visit place located in Aileu. The outer structure of this Christian worship place looks really marvelous. It is visited by most numbers of pilgrims from all over Aileu District for its holiness and also several cultural events are held in Aileu’s Town Church.


Pope John Paul II Statue:

Pope John Paul II statue is a 6 meter tall bronze statue located just behind the sea coast. It is situated about 38 km away from Aileu city centre. This is an added advantage for tourists to enjoy beauty of beach and nicely constructed statue at the same place.


Atauro Island:

Atauro Island is a worth visit spot, clearly visible from the city of Dili. It has a length of 25 kms and width of 9 kms and is spread over an area of 105 sq. km. It is placed 12 km away from Indonesian Island of ‘Liran’. Atauro Island is also well known for Boneka Atauro.


The list of other tourist attractions near Aileu is as follows:

  • Portuguese buildings
  • FALINTIL resistance training camp
  • Jesus Statue
  • Cape Fatucama
  • Cool Hills
  • Saint Mary column


Ideal time to visit Aileu:

From November to October is the best time to visit Aileu.


Accommodation options in Aileu:

The major hotels in Aileu and Dili are listed here below:

  • Vitoria Losmen
  • Timor Village Hotels
  • Hotel Rao
  • Garibuna
  • The Garden Residents
  • Vila Mata Ruak
  • Sands Motel
  • Sebastiao Hotel
  • Elizabeth Dili 2000 Hotel
  • Central Hotel
  • California Hotel-Dili
  • Eastern Dragon Hotel
  • Tansos Hotel
  • Hotel Risky


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