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The international kite festival takes place every July in Sanur.  <img src='http://www.guidegecko.com/images/spyglass1.png' align='texttop' /> Click for full image
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Sanur is a town on the east coast of South Bali.

Sanur is Bali's oldest upscale resort area and is a mature beach-side town. Despite the abundance of restaurants and accommodation, it has a quiet and relaxed feel to it. In general terms, it is more expensive than Kuta but cheaper than Seminyak. Sanur tends to appeal most to middle-aged and older families, especially Europeans.

The Sanur area is sandwiched between the main Jalan Ngurah Rai bypass and the beach. One main route called Jalan Danau Tamblingan runs north to south through the town and it is easy to orient yourself with reference to this road.

Sanur is one of the oldest resort town on the island. It tends to attract older travellers and families but the positive side is that it is never as congested as Kuta or Legian, without traffic jams or queues. The streets are wider and places tend to have more spacious grounds with mature trees ad gardens. Most shops are along the long Jalan Tamblingan and the beach with its promenade runs parrallel to it.

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The promenade was financed by the Japanese and it is 5km long. It's excellent to go for a run, walk or a bike ride as it is shaded in most parts and you can stop at cafes or restaurants on the way. You also get to see some of the best hotels.

The atmosphere in Sanur is calm and tourists like to go to the beach, eat at restaurants but there is not much night life. The most lively places are to be found around Jalan Cemara with the Double Dutch and the Irish bar (run by the English honorary consul!)

The annual international kite festival takes place here every July. Traditional Balinese giant kites up to 10 metres in length are made and flown competitively by teams from different villages around Bali. The origins of this event are as a festival intended to send a message to the Hindu Gods to create abundant crops and harvests. Aside from the actual organised festival, from June through to August each year, visitors will see many giant kites being flown in this area. The festival is held just north of Sanur, east off the main Jalan Ngurah Rai bypass.

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