Lake Bled is one of those picture postcard places, the emerald coloured water, a castle high on the hill and a lovely church on a tiny island in the lake all surrounded by the stunning Julian Alps. It’s a place that we had wanted to visit for a while.
During our stay in Bled we had various activities planned, but because of the unpredictable weather we unfortunately missed out on a couple of them. We knew that one of the things you must do is to take a walk around the lake and see the scenery from every angle, but since we missed out on some activities, the lovely people at the activity centre promised us some free bikes because of our misfortunes. So we used this as our chance to go around the lake using the bikes instead of walking, which was great because it was much faster to get around whilst still being able to stop at all the best places with the most stunning views.
We set off from the activity centre which was near the bus station and headed left down to the lake front, this instantly gives you a great view point of the lake with the castle and even with the island in the background. Along the lake front it can get a little crowded with tourists but even just a short ride from there it is much more serene because of the quiet and calm atmosphere.
We rode through a lovely forested area were we saw a cute family of ducks, we used this as a chance for a break, whilst we watched the ducks we could hear nothing but birds singing and the water from the lake lapping up onto the shallow embankment, it felt so peaceful and the crowds of tourists were a distant memory.
We ventured on a little further to which was probably the half way point and stopped at a little jetty, from here the view of the small island was just perfect, just like the ones from the postcards! The castle also in the background and snow capped peaks in the distance, everything was just a perfect fit. We stopped here for a while and enjoyed a picnic together.
The ride in from the other side of the lake included some lovely traditional houses and the grand stand from where people can sit and watch the Slovenian national rowing team train.
Although we didn’t walk around the lake, we certainly would recommend that cycling around lake Bled is the best way. This is because you can still stop whenever and wherever you like, and you can choose your own pace, opting to do it faster can free up more time for the rest of the day.
How to do it!
There are a few places to rent bikes from in the centre of Bled, the one we used was Life adventures but would also highly recommend Mamut. There are a few rental options which start from 1 hour up to a full day and prices range from 5 – 15 euros.