Another summer, another holiday! Read on for a full breakdown of what Bled has to offer…
Food and Drink
Slovenia is one of the most progressive countries in Europe in terms of environmental issues. With one of the most impressive recycling regimes I’ve ever seen it’s no surprise it’s capital Ljubljana has been voted the cleanest city in Europe. It makes sense that it’s eateries would follow suit, with many restaurants boasting both veggie and vegan options. Bled is full of reliable pizzerias for those among us who like a bit of home comfort. I would personally recommend Pizzeria Rustika which is no more than 5 minutes from the lake itself and has a lovely family vibe.
Personally my favourite meal of the week came from Gostilna Pri Planincu, a charming little restaurant tucked away behind the lake. We both decided on a beautiful veggie roast which certainly did not disappoint, and the staff were super nice too! Public and Vegan Kitchen is also another great little restaurant which has a vast range of vegan burgers and some of the best potato wedges I’ve ever tasted.
Where to Stay
We stayed in Apartments Aleksandra, the loveliest little AirBnB in the roof of the host’s house just a 15 minute walk from the lake. The view from our balcony was just beautiful and we spent at least half an hour each evening sitting quietly and soaking it all in, from the mountains around us to people-watching to the lowlight the glow of Bled Castle. It was mega clean and newly refurbished with great cooking facilities and a host who really went the extra mile for us – would highly recommend a stay here!
If you’re looking to go anywhere around the lake everything is easily within walking distance of each other, however you can choose to hire bikes if you’re after a little more activity. When it comes to day excursions Bled is super well connected with regular buses that will ferry you from place to place. We took the bus everywhere on our trip, from the airport to the lake to everything in between. The bonus? It’s crazy affordable! There literally isn’t a downside – just make sure you read the timetable correctly, a mistake we learnt the hard way…
Where to Visit and What to Do
So now we reach the nitty gritty – the must see places in Bled. We jam packed a huge amount into our trip, starting obviously with the Mala Osojnica Hike up to the Bled viewpoint. This was a little strenuous but we still had enough energy to hire a rowboat over to the Church on the Island afterwards, a fairly cheap trip and definitely worth every penny spent just to ring the bell for good luck.
Day two started early with a bus ride to Vintgar Gorge, a stunning area of natural beauty full of dramatic views and scenic walks. Top tip – get there early to beat the tourists, trust me on this one. Following this we stopped at Bled Castle which easily offers one of the best views of the lake and a swanky outdoor restaurant if you’d like linger even longer. Make sure you try some of the iconic Bled Cake here!
Our third day was an excursion to Bohinj, one of the most beautiful lakes I’ve ever seen which is set beside the Julian Alps. We caught the cable car up to the Vogel Ski Resort, an unusual choice for summer admittedly but it genuinely looked like something out of Middle Earth when we reached the top.
We ended our trip with a quick stop in Ljubljana and a brief visit to the castle before heading on to the airport, a quaint little city where you can enjoy a wide range of food and a pleasant walk along the river.
Honestly, I didn’t expect to enjoy Slovenia anywhere near as much as I did. It certainly wasn’t my first choice for a summer holiday and I was a little sceptical of what it really had to offer, but I couldn’t have been more pleasantly surprised. I haven’t had as many take-your-breath-away, stop-you-in-your-tracks kind of moments in a long time and can’t recommend it highly enough on your travels through Europe. If this has helped anyone at all please let me know in the comments below!