This is why Slovenia travel should be on your radar
Situated in the heart of Europe, Slovenia is a boutique country between the Alps, Mediterranean Sea, mysterious Karst with more than 11,000 karst caves and Pannonian Plain, rich in healthy water springs ~ Slovenia Tourism
There’s a reason why Slovenia has the word love in it. And when you visit Lake Bled, you will understand why! Anyone, that visits will spread the word about how incredible it is, and a quick image search will also show you just why everyone is so enamoured with the place.
A few reasons why you should stop-off in Lake Bled for the “Adventure” of your life:
Meet Jani and Ushka at Jazz Hostel
You will feel right at home so much that you’ll immediately want to stay more nights here. Jani will set you up with any extra activities that you may want to do such as horse-riding, paragliding, or canyoning. His BBQs are notorious, featuring local specialties such as cevapcici and ajvar to taste along with some other more familiar favourites. The accommodation is modern, with clean rooms and comfy bed and a large kitchen area with plenty of seating.
Head to Park Restaurant & Café to try Bled’s very own specialty, a recipe perfected over decades, Bled Cake. Deliciously made up of vanilla cream, butter dough and whipped cream, it can only be described as seriously yum. There are plenty of swimming spots all around the lake so take a stride around the edge and try them all out! Once you’re done taking photos from the lake’s edge, up your panorama game and head to the best view point for a killer shot from the Ojstrica path. It’s only about 610m high but hands you a ‘best travel photo’ award on a platter.
Make your wish come true by climbing the 99 steps to the church on the Island of Lake Bled to ring the bell and make said wish. The story says a widow had a bell made in memory of her husband and it sank on the way across to the island. Luckily, the pope heard about it and consecrated a new one. Keep a listen out for the first bell that still rings from the bottom of the lake.
Get your adrenaline fix on the slopes of Straza hill and reach speeds up to 40km/hr while tobogganing in summer. Your screams will no doubt echo across the mountains as you careen down 520m of track. You can also quite literally row your own boat. Try your hand at the local Pletna boats and go for a paddle out to the island of Lake Bled. Make sure you have a squad with you because it’s hard work on your own.
It’s GORGEous! A glacial melt river cutting through vertical rock walls and wooden walkways that hug the edge of tall cliffs and a spectacular 13m waterfall to finish. Take a taxi out to the national park for a few euros (it’s only about 4km away). Entry to this Disney-like landscape costs only €5. Take your time and make sure you wander through the cool rainforest wonderland at your own pace.
Triglav National Park
Book yourself on the Emerald River Adventure with your Busabout guide and the guys at 3Glav will take you to Kozjak waterfalls as part of this incredible day out. For those brave souls who are willing jump into the 12 degree water for a swim, they shall be rewarded with a badass Insta photo. Just try not to let the goosebumps show. There’s always a sunny meadow to warm up in afterwards.
Hike the Julian Alps. See why Chronicles of Narnia Prince Caspian was filmed in this region and get sweaty on the many trails available for trekking. Did anyone say views for days? Your guides will take you right to the very source of the crystal clear waters to a spring inside the mountain. Add in some white water rafting (also a part of the Emerald River Adventure) with eyes popping out of your head at how translucent the water is, you’ll barely have time to focus on paddling.
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“Almost every Slovenian is by nature a writer, painter, cook, dancer, wine-maker, musician, director, actor, blogger or engraver. Cultural events are unbelievably well attended – various festivals (especially in the summer months) thrill visitors who come from near and far. Theatre and concerts are popular, Slovenians love to read and are proud of their cultural tradition”, says Slovenia Tourism. But as popular are the arts, so are the active adventures amidst dramatic landscapes and nature.
Why not hire a bike to see the glistening lake and surrounding nature, hike up the nearby hills for breathtaking panoramas of the area, or embark on the optional Emerald River Adventure? Vintgar Gorge is another must-see for nature lovers, and the Postojna Caves make for the perfect day-trip for any budding cave enthusiasts. At night, recover the day’s spent calories with dinner at a local restaurant and a slice of the famous Bled Cake.
Ljubljana is known as the town of a 1000 events and is uniquely encircled by parks and natural protected areas.
Built in the late 1890’s to a neo- Renaissance design The building’s characteristic appearance is mainly due to the richly adorned front façade with Ionic columns supporting a majestic tympanum above the entrance; its façade features two niches adorned with Alojzij Gangl’s allegorical statues of Tragedy and Comedy.
Ljubljana Cathedral is more than 300 years old, and also known as the Cathedral of St Nicholas. It rises over Pogačarjev trg in the historic Old Town and highlights include: Highlights include the baroque-style frescos by artists Giulio Quaglio and Matevž Langus; a pair of bronze walls erected in honor of the late Pope John Paul II; and the magnificent carvings decorating the choir stalls, organ and altar – the handiwork of Italian sculptor Francesco Robba.
National Museum & Castle
Built in the first part of the 16th century, this castle is regarded as one of the most beautiful castles of Slovenia. It is one of Slovenia’s most frequented attractions, with exceptional views from the Outlook Tower. Also chronicled here is the territory’s history through Roman, medieval, and Victorian times, WWI, and WWII, plus there’s a puppet museum devoted to the Slovene art of puppeteering.
Three Bridges Square