Sandwiched between Kuta and Seminyak, Legian may be small but it is mighty. With prime beachfront real estate, sensational sands and cooling breezes, Legian is the perfect blend of Kuta’s party atmosphere and Seminyak’s tranquillity. Also home to many of the region’s mid-market hotels and thus suitable for families and romance seekers, Bali holidays are epitomised with a few nights’ stay in the heart of Legian.

Surfers will delight in the sensational waves with less crowding than neighbouring Kuta – perfect for beginners seeking calmer waters and no coral reefs to break on. Swimmers and sunbathers also appreciate the golden sands and lack of big waves. Boogie boarding is popular here, so grab yourself a rental or take some lessons. Keen to stay dry? There are impromptu football games on the beach, fire twirling and jamming in the evenings and cold cocktails delivered to you right at your sunbed. Try and avoid the midday sun and the early evening mosquitoes, though, for a more enjoyable time.

If you’re looking for tokens to remember you holiday by, look no further than the range of shops in Legian. Selling everything from designer surf wear to Balinese handicrafts, Legian is the place for shopping. Pick up design pieces for your home, Buddha statues for your garden and boutique clothing, or go a different route and stock up on fresh produce and local fruits and vegetables in the early morning hours.

For those travellers after an authentic Bali experience with the luxury of four- and five-star resorts, dining and shopping options, look no further than Legian. The ideal blend of exuberant night life, traditional food and markets and peaceful beachside relaxation, your Bali holiday will leave you feeling sweet.

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