Until my dear friend went for her honeymoon, I had never heard of this paradise before. When I think of a lake, the first thing that comes to mind is Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra. Although pretty, it’s not exactly where fairy tales are made right?
But this isn’t just any lake, this lake is a picture of glassy perfection. It took my breath away from the moment we arrived and the feeling didn’t dissipate over the 5 days we spent there. It makes such a beautiful backdrop for the 6km walk along the shore which I did almost every day.
It’s definitely a place for the bucket list and here’s why.
Why go to Bled?
Nestled into the foothills of the Julian Alps, Lake Bled is a magical mountain setting with a wide range of relaxation and outdoor activities that rivals Switzerland, sans the high costs.
The lake is rather small, surrounded by forested slopes that look out on to the enchanting island at its centre. Bled Castle sits on the north shore, jutting out imposingly from the top of a sheer cliff face.
Magnificent villas built in the 19th century litter the rest of the shoreline, some of which now have now been converted into elegant hotels and cafés.
While the lake is a fairytale spot for walking, swimming or just relaxing, for those more active holidayers, there are walking trails up in the Triglav National Park, and adrenalin junkies can try their hand at everything from canyoning to tubing.
No matter what you’re interests are, you’ll be sure to find something for you in Lake Bled.
Things to do:
Apart from relaxing on the beach which of course you must do, there are loads of other fun things to do in the area. Here are my top picks.
Hire a boat
A must-do activity while visiting Lake Bled is hire a boat. You can’t walk a few hundred meters without seeing boats to hire and you shouldn’t pay more than 10 euros per hour and 5 euros there after. There are loads of beautiful photo opportunities so be sure to bring your camera for the ride.
Try the traditional cream cake
Although all hotels and restaurants will serve this, the best we had was at Slascicarna Smon. A small place off the beaten track, it’s away well worth the effort.
Sit & enjoy the view
Sometimes it’s best to just sit still for a while and take in the view. There are seats littered around the shore for doing just this, so grab a thermos of tea or a coffee and sit yourself down.
There are loads of swimming spots arounds the shore, but my favourite was just across from our campsite Camping Bled. They have deck chairs there for hire but you can also just bring your own towel.
Explore the island
I’d suggest hiring a boat and rowing out there yourself but there are also several boats that take groups to the island. When you’re there you only need an hour to explore the tiny island which has the Church as it’s main attraction. There are loads of spots to swim from so you could also pack your lunch and spend the day there.
Visit Bled castle
Although I didn’t get around to it, many say a visit to the Bled castle is a must while in the area.
Get around at night
The lake is just as pretty at night, so make sure you go for a walk once the sun goes down. It makes for a perfect romantic stroll.
For 5 euros, mini golf is a great, fun activity for the whole family. Especially fun if you win 🙂
Hire a bike
You can test your skills as well as your luck fishing in Lake Bled. Fishing for catfish, pike, carp and lake trout is permitted with a permit which can be bought in the Fauna shop.
Walking & Hiking
There are loads of walks & hikes in and around Bled. Check this list for some popular routes.
Just 5-10 minutes drive away from Lake Bled, is the beautiful Vintgar Gorge. I would suggest going there for the afternoon and take your lunch to enjoy at one of the many picnic tables or just on the rocks by the water.
There are loads of other outdoor activities ranging from rowing to tobogganing – be sure to check this list for the details.
Places to stay:
One of the best swimming spots is at it’s doorstep and it’s only a 30 minutes, very picturesque walk into town.
Here is a list of accommodation options in the area, which range from youth hostels or pensions to self catered apartments and luxury villas.
We didn’t eat out much because we were on a bit of a budget, so here is the Trip Advisor list of restaurants in Bled.
I promise you won’t regret visiting this idyllic paradise in Slovenia.
If you’re looking for other bucketlist destinations, don’t miss this post on Český Krumlov.
And San Marino.
Don’t forget to hashtag #travelwiththemacadames on your travel pictures – I’d love to see your trip to Bled or anywhere else you’re exploring!
Anisa – The Macadames. xx
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