Slovenia has been high on my list, especially to visit Lake Bled. It was nice to get away for a long weekend, get out into nature and tick off a new country.
We left London on Thursday evening and flew to Ljubljana and stayed one night here before basing ourselves in Bled for 2 nights. It was a busy weekend filled with adventure, good food and company.
We only spent half a day here but explored the Old Town, walked up to the Castle (we didn’t go in), saw the Dragon Monument Bridge and went to the art area (Metelkova Mesto).
Bled is only an hour’s drive from Ljubljana which makes it an ideal day trip. However, we decided to stay two nights instead so we could enjoy the area and also as we had a few activities planned including stand up paddle boarding, hiking and canyoning.
We went Stand Up Paddle Boarding for a couple of hours around the lake which was beautiful. It was also nice to just chill out on the water.
For dinner, we went to Finefood Berc, a restaurant at Pension Berc. All the dishes were excellent and I highly recommend it!
Afterwards, we walked down to the lake for a walk.
The next day, we went canyoning! It was my first time canyoning and I had a lot of fun. We went with Life Adventures and paid €60 per person.
After canyoning, we drove down to Lake Bohinj. It is very different to Lake Bled and more quiet and relaxing. We relaxed by the lake and went for a swim but the water is still very cold!
We drove back to Bled and for dinner, we went to Ostarija Peglez’n. We shared squid, a seafood platter and pasta which was great and super good value.
The next day, we hiked up Mala Osojnica for stunning views of the lake from above. We got lost at the beginning as there’s a few different trails up but finally found the correct place to start. Make sure you start near the car park of Velika Zaka.
Road Trip back to Ljubljana
After the hike, we drove to Triglav National Park. We went to Kranjska Gora and went to Pericnik waterfall.
The road trip took us up and over the Vršič Pass with great views. We then drove towards Soca Valley.
For lunch, we stopped at Bovec and went to Gostisce Sovat and had the best schnitzel and squid!
We then drove to Tolmin Gorge. This is located at the bottom of Triglav National Park and is less touristy than Vintgar Gorge. It costs €8 to get in and to explore the whole area takes around 1 hour. On a hot summer’s day, it would be lovely to go swimming!
After, we headed back to Ljubljana Airport to get our flight back to London.
The trip was jam packed and we had a great time away! The nature here is spectacular so I would love to do some rafting in the Soca Valley, explore the wineries and do some more hiking. I will be back, Slovenia!