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Traveling to Slovenia

Two weeks in Slovenia with my good friend Stella first in Ljubljana and then in Lake Bled.

by nomade_eleanorAbout Me:I love to travel, try new dishes and take good photos read more

EuropeSlovenia11 days / July 2022

Highs & Lows

Getting a personal tour of Ljubljana from Stella: she really brought the city to life.

Maybe spending too much time on Lake Bled and missing out on the surroundings.

Itinerary Overview

Slovenia has been a paradise for people interrailing, cycling or backpacking Europe for many years for many reasons: it's beautiful, it's not as expensive as other countries in Europe and there's plenty to do including hiking, water sports, the city and a beautiful coastline. Certainly, Slovenia has a lot to offer. My trip included a couple of days in the capital city, Ljubljana, and nearby Lake Bled (possibly one of the most famous and recognizable sites in Europe). Both places I will focus on today. In both I stayed with my good friend Stella, we focused on making simple plans that would help us get to know the culture of the country since we find it very interesting and entertaining. The weather helped us a lot to do everything we wanted and we did not have many inconveniences that did not allow us to continue with what was agreed. The whole trip was spectacular 

  • 5 Nights: Ljubljana
    Visiting my friend and finally seeing her wonderful country!
  • 6 Nights: Bled
    Gorgeous views and lake time

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    For Lake Bled I would have done most of my swimming during the week rather than at the weekend to avoid the crowds. Many Slovenes come to Bled for the weekend so it gets super busy!

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    In Ljubljana I would have not done the interior of the castle because there really was not too much to see - the best part was by far the view from the top. However the castle is used as a cultural centre and has concerts there which I would definitely have gone to.

  • How was the food?

    We did mostly home cooking but I would definitely recommend trying the Bled cream cake, Cacao ice cream in Ljubljana and a beer by the river in Ljubljana or overlooking the lake.

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Check out the activities on offer at the shops close to the lake because there is so much to do in the area beyond Lake Bled. Some friends and I did that and we did water rafting one afternoon which was really good fun.

  • Packing tips?

    Definitely bring a towel for the lake that you don’t mind getting a bit muddy. You will not be lying on sand but grass hence a bit of dirt is unavoidable. A micro fibre towel was great for this.

  • Transportation Tips?

    Rent bikes one day to get around - it is a really good way to get around Lake Bled and its surroundings and the perfect way to take in the views. The bus to and from Ljubljana is not the most reliable (ours did not show up) so give yourself plenty of time to get to your next destination.

  • Any surprises?

    There is so much great street art in Ljubljana (this is something I wish I had paid more attention to).

  • Booking details?

    I stayed with my friend but normally when travelling I use Booking.com or Hostel world