Sandwiched between bustling Kuta and sophisticated Seminyak, laid-back Legian is the ideal beachside destination for those who want a little of both worlds. This area is popular with families and those wanting to enjoy a relaxed holiday close to the action of Kuta, without the heftier price tag of Seminyak. Enjoy cocktails along the beachfront at sunset, meander around the markets and shops, and soak up the sunshine and surf on Legian Beach.
Legian’s main selling points are its wonderful beachfront location and its close proximity to Kuta and Seminyak. In Legian itself spend your days sunning yourself on the calm sandy beach, hire a board and hit the surf, or kick back on a sun lounger in the shade. When it all gets a bit much head to one of Legian’s many spas for a pampering beauty treatment or manicure. If the mood takes you, wander along the beach all the way down to Kuta and check out the sights and attractions down there including the popular Bom Waterpark, a big hit with the kids. The Legian sunsets are legendary, so cosy up in a beachfront bar for happy hour as the sun goes down and soak up the island vibe.
Eat And Drink
You’ll find plenty of cafes in Legian where you can enjoy fresh salads and sandwiches while enjoying sea breezes and catching up on some reading during the day. At night try al fresco dining along the beachfront with restaurants catering for all tastes from exclusive international fine dining to local culinary specialities. There’s fresh seafood galore here, which you can savour alongside cocktails overlooking the fire twirlers on the beach. If you’re on a tight budget, try one of the local warungs on the beach, serving up tasty nasi goreng until sunset.
As with the rest of Legian, the shopping here is a toned down version of Kuta’s more frenzied merchandise scene of malls and haggling street vendors. Shoppers will still find plenty to splurge on here with plenty of charming small shops bursting with Balinese souvenirs, homewares, surfwear, beads and trinkets. Legian’s main shopping section is squeezed into a manageable area of streets running off the beachside Jalan Legian. Head to nearby Jalan Malasti to visit the markets, specialising in local art.
Where To Stay
The abundance of mid-market hotels in Legian makes it a popular choice with those looking for affordable beachfront luxury. Accessible to all, even those on a backpacker budget, you’ll find lots of relaxed family-friendly resorts close to the beach and generally a little quieter and more upmarket than Kuta’s accommodation choices. Many Legian resorts run along the beachfront and feature their own large swimming pools, restaurants, and even day spas. So you can kick back and enjoy the holiday experience without even leaving the resort.
Legian Like A Local
Legian has become a popular tourist destination in its own right over the past few decades with enormous growth. Despite this, its sleepy pace still allows tourists a glimpse into real Bali. Legian locals like to kick a ball around in the sand before enjoying a cold beer as the sun goes down and tourists are always encouraged to join in and mingle. Another great way to enjoy the local Legian lifestyle is to eat at the beach warungs, where you’ll discover delicious Balinese dishes cooked up to order.