What can I say. Bled goes down as one of the most stunning places I’ve ever laid eyes upon.
Rolling mountains covered in forest, a stunning glacial lake and the most perfect church sitting on an island in the centre of it.
It’s that postcard view that lures its visitors to this small village, so why the hell wouldn’t you want to see it?
October in this part of the world – the time we visited – means the air is cooler, those trees are putting on a brilliant show of colour and the tourist numbers are way down.
Plus it’s a very short and easy bus trip from Slovenia’s capital – Ljubljana.
Caffe Bar Peglezn
Outdoor activities include renting a boat and heading to the island to check out the church, taking a bike ride around the lake and hiking one of the 15 trails in the region.
A short walk from the village centre is Bled Castle, the oldest in the country. You can visit the Renaissance and Romanesque structure and see its museum, eat at the restaurant, taste local wine at a cellar or grab a gift from one of the small stores. The views are pretty spectacular from its terrace, as well.
If you don’t want to pay for that incredible view, simply follow the trail to the west corner of the castle walls, climb the huge rock, and take in that view.
There’s not much to the village centre of Bled. In fact, there sort of isn’t one. There’s the bus stop and a few shops and eateries around it, then a few along the road that heads down to the lakefront.
Sit at one of the few cafés and sip something hot, tuck into kremšnita (cream cake) or some other sweet delectables.
Near the bus stop is the cheapest place in town to grab a bite. The Tiger Bar offers beer and all the usuals you’d expect from this region. Things like good old ćevapčići (6.5), burgers and hearty breakfast. Tucked around its right corner is a tiny bakery, too.
The food scene in Bled is decent, even if the prices tend to be inflated due to the tourist nature of the town. Those of us that prefer to self-cook in more expensive places such as Bled, there’s an excellent Mercator supermarket a good 10-15 minute walk from the village. Check my map for its location.
Many take a day trip out to the stunning Vintgar Gorge – not that far from Bled – but sadly we completely forgot about the gorge while we were there.
Walking around Lake Bled is a very popular and easy activity, plus it’s absolutely stunning on a sunny morning. Take in the crisp air, the forest, mountains and gorgeous view of the island. If you’re there in October, fill your pockets with chestnuts and take them home to roast or cook with.
From Rab we got the Jadrolinija ferry to Rijeka. Departure is 6.55am and arrival 8.55am. Cost 40kn per person.
We spent one night in Rijeka to break the journey and purchase bus tickets for the following morning to Ljubljana. Autotrans bus can get you there for 105kn per person for an 8.15am departure. There’s just one bus per day.
From Ljubljana bus station, buses leave for Bled hourly and the cost is €7.50 per person. Travel time is 1½ hrs.