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Wedged between the brashness of Kuta and sassy Seminyak, Legian takes up the middle ground both physically and in its spirit. It’s more mature, less frenzied and slightly more cultured than Kuta, and not as haughty and hedonistic as Seminyak.

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The three areas began as separate developments but nowadays one blends seamlessly into the other; you could say that southern Legian is more Kuta-like, and northern Legian, a little classier. Like its siblings, this beachside resort offers surf, sand and shopping with a relaxed vibe. There’s no hurry and most visitors come to “do” as little as possible. The sit-and-sip crowd are well catered for with a succession of beachfront all-in, feel-no-pain resorts, and as well as an abundance of other accommodation options there are plenty of decent restaurants, massage and manicure joints and a continuation of the relentless shopping opportunities.

Legian at day. : Sally Arnold.
Legian at day. Photo: Sally Arnold

Legian Beach takes up a slice of the curve of sand that begins at the airport, passing Kuta and continuing through to Seminyak. The beachside road is closed to traffic, and less parking means fewer bods on the sand than the chaotic parking lot that Kuta brings. At its worst, the beach is hard to distinguish from a rubbish tip, and at other times, more tolerably clean. Unfortunately this has more to do with ocean currents than anything else and, of course, the endless use of excessive single-use plastic across ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 600 words.)

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