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Spring festivals in Europe

Spring Festivals in Central and Eastern Europe

Spring is a big deal in Central and Eastern Europe. That’s not only because many of these countries were once pagan, but also because they have to put up with a long, dark winter. So when spring finally comes around, people are ready to celebrate. Most spring festivals in Central … Read More

Darcy & Lloyd’s Trip Feedback in Words and Pictures

We love getting trip reports and feedback from our guests. We especially love it when one of the guests is an artist, like Darcy Lynn, and she sent us several of the paintings she has produced based on her travels with her husband Lloyd, on two trips we arranged, to … Read More

Gone Glamping: Luxury Lakeside Camping

We have some truly unique properties among our offering, such as the Bond-like cliff-face hotel Villa Dubrovnik, the imposingly grand Gresham Palace in Budapest or the landmark site-turned-hotel in Prague’s Dancing House but nothing is quite like Garden Village Bled. Wait, what’s glamping? If you’ve never heard of glamping, well Garden … Read More

Slovenia for Foodies

Slovenia is a country of contrasts. You can have a mountain adventure in the Julian Alps, experience culture and a lively street scene in Ljubljana or sun yourself on the country’s tiny bit of coast in Slovene Istria. These distinctions also extend to the country’s cuisine. The small country boasts … Read More

Lake Bohinj

Bled & Bohinj Lakes: A Day Trip from Ljubljana

If you’re staying in Ljubljana then a day trip out to these beautiful lakes is an absolute must. In less than an hour’s drive north-west of the city you can be at Lake Bled. Try and avoid weekends though, as when we were there last time (on a Sunday) the traffic getting out of the Bled area was heavy and finding parking wasn’t easy either. It seemed like all of Ljubljana was there!

Once you’re at Lake Bled, there are many ways to spend the day. To get the very best view of the lake you’ve got to take a hike to (or drive to the car park of) Bled Castle. Standing guard over the lake since 1004, its elevated position affords breathtaking vistas or the Julian Alps to the north and over the lake and of the island in the middle. Entrance is a hefty 10 Euros. Students get a 3 Euro discount.

Back down to the lakeside next you can choose to rent a bike and cycle the circumference, it’s just over 4 miles so shouldn’t take long and could even be walked comfortably in under a couple of hours. If it’s a hot day, head to the ‘Castle Bathing Area’ directly below the castle rock, the only official designated swimming area on the lake.

If you’d rather take to the water by boat, then you can either take a Pletna, the traditional flat-bottomed boat, out to the island – it’s a 12 Euro round trip, or if you’re feeling energetic, row yourself out there. Rowboat rental costs €15 for the first hour and €10 for each subsequent hour.

If all that exercise has worked up an appetite then you could do worse than taking a table on the informal terrace of Villa Preseren and ordering a full meal, just a starter (the trio of octopus salad, smoked tuna carpaccio and caprese was a good selection last time) or a coffee and a slice the irresistible kremšnita, the creamy sweet cake that Bled is known for.

If you have time, then we definitely recommend the 15 minutes or so drive further on that will take you to Lake Bohinj. Whereas Bled is very  developed, with plenty of hotels, cafes and restaurants, Bohinj is much more natural and peaceful.

Planning a trip to Slovenia? We’d love to put together a Slovenia travel package just for you. Get in touch to find out more!

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