Though not on my original Europe list, I somehow ended up at Lake Bled, Slovenia after fellow travelers convinced me to squeeze in a visit if I could. Used as the setting for scenes in fantasy series The Chronicles of Narnia, Slovenia is somewhat cheaper than neighboring Austria, Croatia, and Italy, and a lot less touristy, especially outside of the peak summer season. (I was there in early October, which was perfect).
Upon my first view of the bright turquoise lake, I knew immediately that Lake Bled was not overrated one bit. Located in the Julian Alps, the blue glacier lake is surrounded by snow-capped mountains, thick green forests, and fresh crisp air. Bled is famous for both the medieval Bled Castle, which is perched high up on the cliffs, and for a church on a little island in the center of the lake. Though these are nice additions to the scenery, my favorite part about Bled is just its natural beauty and peaceful atmosphere. Seriously, if there were a picture for every word in the dictionary, Lake Bled would come after “serenity.” But as much as I can try to describe this picturesque fairytale place, I think a few photos will do a much better job:
Do yourself a favor and go see this peaceful alpine beauty in person. You won’t regret it. And if you want more travel inspiration, check out these 15 best places to visit in Slovenia.
As always, keep on livin’ pura vida ✌