Known for its sun-drenched beach and extravagant nightlife, Legian is in league with Kuta when it comes to Bali’s infamous party scene. During the day, most holidaymakers make a beeline for Padma Beach, where vendors sell beers, beach umbrellas and fresh coconuts. By night the place to be is Double Six Beach, the epicentre Legian’s nightlife scene. Here, restaurants, bars and nightclubs spill out onto the beach and keep rocking until the early hours.
There’s a great choice of mid-market hotels and resorts on offer, with most backing onto the beach. In addition to being a mecca for holidaymakers in search of a good time, the northern area of Legian Beach is also known for its waves, which makes it a hotspot for surfers.
Legian Beach sits to the south of Ngurah Rai International Airport, with a taxi ride taking around 20-minutes. Kuta and Seminyak are both within walking distance, though there are also plenty of taxis available. Most visitors wanting to explore Bali hire a motorbike or a car with a private driver.
In Balinese, the word Legian translates to “sweet”. Locals take this to heart and do everything they can to offer visitors a fantastic experience. While today Legian is a tourism hotspot, it was once one of Bali’s lesser known cultural villages. Locals worked as farmers and fishermen, until the 1970s when Bali’s mass tourism scene really took off.