If you’ve ever wondered if travel bloggers actually “influence,” let me tell you a story. Last year, a photo popped up on my Instagram feed. A photo by I’m Being Erica of her trip to Lake Bled. Over the next few days, I found myself obsessively liking every photo which appeared on my feed of her adventures and by the time Erica was on her flight home, I was researching how I could get to Slovenia. A few weeks later, I’d found the flights, booked the AirBnbs and I was ready to explore a part of the world I’d never considered – all thanks to one photo on Instagram!
Lake Bled Is A Beautiful Autumn Destination
Now, Lake Bled is appearing more and more on my Instagram feed and it’s easy to see why; it’s a stunning place. It’s beautiful all year round but I planned my trip to Slovenia in Autumn. I just had to see those auburn leaves and clear blue skies and experience those cosy, chilly evenings that makes Autumn so special. Can you tell I’m an Autumn baby?
Another perk of travelling to Lake Bled in Autumn is that it’s off season. Of course, there are pros and cons. On the downside, the watersports activities aren’t running, the nearby canyon is closed and some of the hotels and restaurants are shut for the quiet season. However on the upside, flights and accommodation are cheaper and there are far fewer other tourists. In fact, we pretty much had the entire lake to ourselves!
Sova So Good
We had time for one dinner in Lake Bled before heading to Ljubliana and we stumbled across Sova on the lakeside. We were drawn to the cosy interior and varied menu (particularly important with a vegetarian in our midst) so we dived in to the warm. Eating at Sova is a bit of an experience; our waiter corrected my friend’s grammar and had a blazing row with the kitchen staff. But don’t let this put you off; it all adds to the fun and the food was delicious. Beautifully tender ox cheek, perfectly cooked pasta and a show-stopping “chocolate bomb,” dissolved by hot molten chocolate, was a scrumptious ending to our meal.
Get Your Walking Shoes On
Be prepared to rack up the steps during your trip to Lake Bled. The lake itself isn’t huge but a circuit still took us about 45 minutes to complete, taking into account that you will want to stop and take photos or admire the view every few hundred feet! If you have more time than we did, take a hike up to Ojstrica for an incredible view of Lake Bled from above.
Rise And Shine For Incredible Views
As you will know from my tip to visit Parc Guell at sunrise in my Barcelona guide, I do love a sunrise whilst travelling. I dragged my friends out of bed to climb to Bled Castle and see the sunrise across the lake… and it was a complete disaster. The fog had descended overnight so rather than being treated to a beautiful sunrise and view of the lake, we were greeted by damp, grey fog. However, it was still a great experience to explore the castle all alone and I can imagine the view is incredible, if the weather is clear enough to see anything!
Head Across The Water to Bled Island
You can’t visit Lake Bled without visiting Bled Island. Frequent boats transport you to explore the small island and the Church of the Assumption. For 6 Euros, you can head into the church and ring the bell. Legend has it that if you ring the bell three times, you will have good luck. I suppose only time will tell if that was true or not!
Some Final Top Tips
- Book a shuttle transfer from the airport with Zup Prevosi. We paid just 14 Euros per person for the 40 minute trip and the shuttle dropped us at the door of our Airbnb. It’s a great way to get to your destination without the hassle of public transport.
- We stayed just one night in Lake Bled then caught the bus to stay at the capital city Ljubliana for our second night. The bus runs hourly and it’s a great way to visit two locations in one holiday.
The Lowdown: Stay, Eat, Visit
Stay with Airbnb. There are numerous great quality, cheap Airbnbs to choose from in Slovenia. We stayed at Apartment Martin It was a short walk to the lake itself, but the place was spacious, the price was fantastic at just £52 for the night and our host was so friendly. New to Airbnb? Use this link to get £25 off your first stay!
Eat at Sova for great pasta, an Instagram worthy dessert and a hilarious waiter by the lakeside of Bled. It’s also a good choice for vegetarians.
Visit the Church of the Assumption on Bled Island. It might be tempting to skip the boat ride to the island, but don’t! It’s well worth the boat trip across the water to this island, just to ring the bell in the Church of the Assumption. It’s well worth the 6 Euros for the experience!
The Breakdown: Total Trip Costs
Flights: £44.48 return EasyJet from London Stansted (per person)
AirBnb: £17 for one night (per person, between three)