Another bucketlist ticked off! It’s been awhile I have been wanting to visit Bled Slovenia. Who wouldn’t want to be mesmerise by the fairytale setting of a church in a middle of lake bled. The picture perfect castle perched up the hill.
Im hitting the road again away from my busy work schedule. A good excuse to savour the last summer heat. And yes! Im off to Slovenia. I have plan out my itinerary well, staying in Bled then continuing my road trip to the capital city of Ljubljana.
We landed in Ljubljana Airport and with just my hand luggage, I swept through the customs. As soon as I got out from the airport, I saw a shuttle service for Bled. Some of the passengers has booked it online, but there’s others like me that just turn up and just pay the fare to the driver. It was a 30 minutes drive from the airport to Bled. Passing through the thick forest of fine trees, orchards and the alps at the background. It feels so remote and the lush greenery was so wonderful. The relaxing holiday mood has definitely kicked in!
The shuttle van dropped me off to my accommodation. A hassle free checked-in and a quick shower. Feeling refresh instantly I was ready for my stroll around the lake. As I was walking through the concrete footpaths around the lakeside, I saw signs of cycling route and banners. Then I found out it’s Bled Triathlon. A yearly activity that is held every first Saturday of September. So I took the chance to watch the event.
After a couple of hours watching I continued meandering around the lake and took so many photos. In every angle and every turn I kept clicking my camera. This place feels so magical, the church in the middle of the lake, the castle that perched up the cliff. It’s definitely a picture perfect straight from the postcard so to speak!
On my second day, I arranged to meet up a local girl named Tina for a stroll around Bled. Little did I know she planned out a great day out activity! We went for a road trip passing through the beautiful Alpine range towering the main road. The Alps are the highest and most extensive mountain range system that lies entirely in Europe. The Slovenia’s Julian Alps (Slovene: Julijske Alpe, Italian: Alpi Giulie) sharing the Alps borders to Italy. It is where the highest peak of Slovenia the Mount Triglav and the only National Park in the country. There’s this saying that “You’re not a True Slovenian if you can’t climb Mount Triglav even just once in your lifetime”.
The sun was shining and it was a great day for a road trip. Our first stop was in Zelenci. Zelenci nature reserve is located near the beautiful alpine village of Kranjska. The unspoiled and pristine natural surroundings of Zelenci, provides a great walking path leading to the emerald green Zelenci Spring. A very picturesque place and stunning views with the Mountains at the background.
We continue our drive towards Kranjska Gora crossing the Slovenian and Tarvisio Italian border. (Funny thing I didn’t have my passport with me but thanks goodness there’s no border control staff, It was a great relief! ). Just after the border we were greeted by a lush emerald green lake. The Lago di Predil a beautiful spot for a picnic or for a quick dip. Or even better for a camping, there were few campers around at that time. Enjoying the serenity and peace by the lake.
And along the Predil Pass we stopped by at the Herman Fortress. We strolled around the fortress and you can tell that it has been badly damaged by the attacks. It is not well preserved building and tall grasses and trees grown by the grounds.
Following the alpine road we ended up in the base of Mangart Mountain. We did a little trek and found a great spot for a picnic. It’s almost a 6 star fine dining ambience. Stunning views of the alps overlooking the lush green forest and lakes. After eating we took the chance for nature photography and enjoyed the serenity and beauty of the nature.
We continue our journey passing through Bovec area. And visited Boka Waterfalls, we didn’t stay long the waterfalls isn’t forcefall enough for photography session. It is best to visit during spring time when the snow melts and forcefully flow along the rugged cliff.
Instead we went to the riverside and watched the group of kayaker paddling along the rapids. Bovec is regarded as the best water sport area around Slovenia.
Afterwards we then went to Kozjak Waterfall, a very hidden place and needs trekking to be welcome with the waterfalls. After crossing a lush green forest and on the background hearing the flow of the creek along the treks. We saw a sign for the falls and we contnued to follow the trail and a wooden planks. Until the path gets narrower heading to a cave-like grotto carved between a rugged rocks with a shimmering water flowing forcefully. A beautiful sight of a 15 meter high waterfall, with its magical blue and green pool in the bottom. You can take the plunge if you dare the cold water!
We also passed by the Napoleon Bridge which is located near Kobarid. The bridge was built in 1750, and was named after Napoleon when he lead his troops and marched across it on their way to Predil Pass. The original bridge was damage during World War I, it was blown up but then later rebuilt. The view on the bridge is amazing!
After snaking through the Predil Pass we then drove passed Bovec and Trenta area, with a stop in Lepena to see the Soca Gorge. We spend so much time there photographing the gorgeous gorge and walking alongside. Some area looks like a good spot for canyoning. The greenish blue water is so enticing, as if calling you to jumped-in.
It’s almost 7 pm and started to drizzle, so we decided to drive back home. We drove passed Vrsic pass heading towards Kranjska Gora, where we stopped for dinner and try some local Slovenian cuisine. What a great way to end an amazing day.
From Ljubljana Airport there’s a shuttle bus going to city centre for € 9 or Bled and Bohijn for €13. Look for goopti van you cant missed the pink rims of the wheels. And the great thing about it they drop you off to you accommodation. But if you are going back to the airport it’s better to book it online and they will come and pick you up at your hotel/accommodation.
Best vantage point to see Lake Bled hike up to Ojstrica, a good 15 minutes steep hike up the hill. But the view is worth every step. It did take my breath away- literally!
Try the local cream cake or locally called Kremma Rezina. It’s very calorific but it’s deliciously good, best paired with cappuccino!
Do check out my other article for Slovenia link below: