Legian is the big brother of Kuta: more mature, less rowdy, slightly more cultured. It shares much in common with Kuta as a typical beach resort town with an abundance of accommodation options, plenty of good cheap eating and a continuation of the relentless shopping opportunities.
Kuta seemingly blends into Legian without even a hint of separation, while the official boundary of Legian is Jalan Benesari in the south and Jalan Double Six in the north, we're altering that slightly and starting Legian at Melasti in the south as that is a more natural break when you're on the ground. The main areas of activity occurs in the centre of Legian within the cluster formed by Jalan Melasti, Jalan Sahadewa, Jalan Padma and Jalan Padma Utara. In this area you'll find an abundance of shopping, restaurants and bars.
The northern end of Legian hits Double Six after which Seminyak "begins" and so, just as the southern end is more like Kuta, the northern end has more of a Seminyak flair to it, with fancy beachside clubs and bars, and, as with Seminyak, horrendous traffic problems as the sun sinks into the ocean.
The beach in Legian is simply an extension of Kuta beach, but with a section that prohibits vehicles from passing between it and the large hotels behind it. This makes this section of beach less crowded as there is less parking. If you're coming from the Double Six end of the beach, the beach road doesn't go all the way to Jalan Padma, so don't bother trying!
As with Kuta, ATMs are located every couple of hundred metres as are convenience stores. There are internet cafes aplenty and free WiFi is available in some cafes.
By Adam Poskitt