This town, nestled in north-western Slovenia is a hugely popular tourist destination thanks to its natural beauty and impressive historical monuments. One of its most notable attractions is the glacial Lake Bled in the midst of which is the iconic Bled Castle. The town is also home to some prehistoric artefacts that history buffs will no doubt find intriguing. As they explore the wonders of this resort tourists will have the joy of retreating to terraced apartments overlooking the lake and traditionally-styled holiday homes.
Sightseeing around this picturesque locale can be done in a number of ways: on foot, on a bicycle, on horseback or by horse-drawn carriage. These will take tourists around the most significant sites in Bled; the lake and the castle. The hiking trails around Bled are tailored to suit different kinds of hikers. Those more interested in sightseeing and taking pictures will want to use the one that leads to the Mala Osojnica peak.
There are many outdoor activities to keep adrenalin junkies engaged; skydiving, paragliding, swims across Lake Bled and fishing for catfish in its waters.
For those whose priority is to relax, there are several places to achieve this. They could start by taking a refreshing dip in the Castle bathing area. The place is also great for those travelling as a family as it has plenty of activities for the kids. For more R&R visitors can head any of a number of spa and wellness centres in Bled that offer an assortment of treatments including a calming bath, reposing in thermal pools and massages.
The Bled Castle is what draws most visitors to this locale. It is a majestic red and white fortified by a Romanesque wall that juts out of the area’s mountainous landscape like a sore thumb. Within these walls are a museum and a 16th century chapel containing delightful frescoes.
The weather in Bled is mostly cool throughout the year. Even in the hottest months average temperatures don’t supersede 10°C. In fact, for most of the year (September to June) temperature averages remain below 5°C. Winter sees temperatures drop below freezing with averages hovering between -1 and -4°C. Temperatures don’t rise above 0°C until spring is well underway. Most of Bled’s rainfall falls in summer and autumn. July and October are the locale’s wettest months and are the only ones in which average recorded precipitation rises above 200mm.
The closest airport to the town of Bled is the Ljubljana Joze Pucnik Airport, also known as the Brnik Airport. This is an international facility welcoming direct flights from most European cities. Visitors can book one of the regular scheduled flights from Paris, London Istanbul or Brussels or a seasonal flight from Manchester or Helsinki. The airlines that offer such flights include Air France, Turkish Airlines and EasyJet. There are also seasonal charter flights available from selected towns in the Middle East and North Africa such as Tel-Aviv, Hurghada and Amman.