The main and only tourist attraction of Cilacap is a Dutch fort. It goes by the name 'Benteng Pendhem', meaning 'Buried Fort'. This is aptly named because the fort is dug into the sand. It is not as old as one might suppose, having been built between 1861 and 1877. Efforts are being made to make it more accessable and attractive. This includes a playground for children which does not quite fit in. More in harmony are the deer which roam freely around the site. But when the restorations are finished, the deer will be confined to an adjacent location, so we were told. The site is quite large (6.5 ha), comprising soldiers quarters, arms and ammunition storage, kitchen, sick bay, prison, interrogation and execution rooms. There is a tunnel of over 100 m leading to the beach for bringing provisions into the fort. At high tide the tunnel is flooded which makes one wonder whether the sea has risen or Java sunk.
To visit the fort you pay twice Rp 2500 per person. Once to enter the beach recreation area and once to enter the fort premises.
Jl. Jend A. Yani 12A, Cilacap, Indonesia