I know, guys, I know. it’s December and you’re all ready for snow and mulled wine and what not, but I’m not quite ready for winter to completely set in so I’m still clinging onto the warmth of my summer travels.
Today I’m going to be sharing my top tips for visiting Lake Bled after I visited in the summer and found out that there was more to a visit to the lake than just showing up and wandering around. Who knew?!
Lake Bled is just as beautiful as all the photos have led you to believe. You know those places that you see hundreds of gorgeous photos of, that give you a serious case of Wanderlust, so you book a flight immediately. Except, when you get there it’s a little bit disappointing? You know the ones! Well, Lake Bled is not like that AT ALL; it’s not disappointing in the slightest.
Lake Bled is beautifully, stunning. It’s picture perfect! If you visit I am 99.9% sure you won’t be disappointed-and your trip will be made so much better with these handy tips.
- Take sunscreen: This should be a no-brainer but apparently not if you’re either me or a guy I met in Zagreb who got sunburned because he didn’t think it got hot in Slovenia. Well, guess what? It does, and when you’re around bodies of water you’re more at risk of getting burned. Also, remember to keep re-applying it on your way around as there isn’t that much shade on the main path.
- Don’t stay near the Lake: If you don’t have a specific couple of days itinerary then it may work out cheaper to stay in nearby towns and get a coach to Bled. The hotels, whilst they may have absolutely gorgeous views from the bedroom windows, are quite high in price because they know tourists will pay it. Even hostels around the area are not that budget friendly, averaging about £25 a night in the summer (although, don’t get me wrong, there are some lovely looking ones for cheaper, but they’re few and far between).
I stayed in Ljubljana and paid around 12 Euro for an open return coach ticket, and the journey was quite short at around an hour and a half. Obviously if you’re not on a budget the hotel, or even the private beach house, would be awesome places to stay!
- Take plenty of water: And food for that matter. There aren’t many places around the lake to buy food and drink and, when there are they’re all geared towards tourists so are pretty expensive. Also, the amount of walking you do in the heat requires tonnes of water!
- Have lots of change handy: Those sneaky Pletna boat rowers don’t advertise how much they charge. They let you hop on the boat, give you a lovely, pleasant ride out to the island, then drop you off with no other way to get back to the mainland and then go “So that’ll be 14 Euro please”. So, yeah, don’t get caught out unless you fancy a nice little swim back to the mainland!
- Take things to help you relax: If there’s one thing that Lake Bled is good for- except for providing you with jaw droppingly awesome views, obv- is helping you to relax. I mean, who wouldn’t like sunbathing in such beauty, reading a good book, eating some nice snacks, and occasionally taking a dip in one of the clearest, most refreshing lakes ever? Nobody, that’s who!
If you go don’t forget a swim suit, a towel, and a good book and you’re guaranteed a good time!
So there you have it, my top tips for a visit to the gorgeous Lake Bled, Slovenia.
Has anyone been before? Do you have any other tips to share? Let me know in the comments!
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