We went for a swim at two pools. One near in the village Bohinjska Bistrica on the road to Lake Bohinj from Bled. This had a relaxing plunge pool with two slides, climbing wall and jacuzzi. There is a sun terrace outside. The pools are not for swimming as they are small and warm, just nice for relaxing.
We had a good time here but I think that we would struggle if there are more than 75 people in the pool area. It was not very big. However, I would go again, like we did, around 4pm in the afternoon before going across the road for a bite to eat for dinner.
There were a few warning notice, no diving, no running, no swimming underwater, that last one I cannot understand.
.......but I saw a particularly good example by the lakeside.
Loads of mistletoe on the trees. Interesting for me, because it's fairly unusual in the UK, and potentially pretty profitable too. But there is no tradition of using mistletoe at Christmas in Slovenia, no kissing underneath it or decking the halls........so it was really pleasing to see so much growing as it should.
Maybe I have discovered a niche marketing opportunity for some enterprising Slovenes? :-)
I decided to walk back to Bled from Vintgar Gorge which is quite a trek up and over Hom, a hill which stands at 834m above sea level. On top of the hill stands this beautiful little pilgrimage church dedicated to St Catherine. It was built around the year 1400, whilst its masonry portico and frescoes date from the beginning of the 16th century. The main feature of the church is its fortified wall that dates from the 15th century and encircles the entire church. It is possible to go right up to the church but I couldn't enter inside as it was locked.
Get away in the moutains to one of the highest points in Slovenia. Drive about 30 minutes outside the center of Bled to Kranjska Gora and begin your decent up the mountain. There is a road approximately 26 kilometers which winds up through the mountain. One can also bike up the mountain, though no good shoulder for biking. There were numerous hiking trails up through the mountain, especially at the top where it was more barren. There are a few standard fare restaurants along the way up as well. We did not venture down the other side after reaching the top by car. The best part was near the bottom there were several swimming holes where even on a hot day the cold mountain water is refreshing. Just pull off the road and jump in. Neither the river nor the hiking trails were very crowded. While there were people along the way, it wasn't hard to get lost.
The stairs are known as the oldest (350 years) preserved outdoor staircase in Slovenia.After only 2 months of work it was opened renovated in June 2004 .
It's a custom that the groom has to take his bride to the top if he wants to marry her in the church on the island.
Zaka is one of the finest locations around on Lake Bled .
The Bled Campsite lies in a peaceful retreat near Bled Lake at the foothills of the Karavanke and Julian Alps. Only two kilometers from Bled, the campsite covers 6 hectares and accommodates up to 1000 guests.
In the camp's environs there is grocery shop, restaurant, a lakeside beach, a basketball court , a children's playground and the big tent where animation program takes place. The camp also organizes volleyball, tennis, basketball, badminton and table tennis. The lake itself offers numerous possibilities for rowing, kayaking and fishing. Only two kilometers from the town of Bled is the world known Bled golf course.
Camping is opened from 1.4. to 15.10.
There are two bathing places at Bled Lake -
Castle Bathing place and Zaka camping.
Anywhere else bathing is forbidden. The
lakeshore is very crowded in summer because the temperature in the lake can reach 24 C.
The path around the lake is about 7 km long. Just enough for a relaxation. Every year in the beginning of June, there is an event called Bled on skates.People in different categories
skate around the lake for ASA cup.
You can walk up most of the hills that surround Lake Bled - which you will want to do anyway because this is how you get those fantastic pictures you see in all the brochures - but this walk will give you something extra.
As you climb up the hill & as you walk around on the little panaroma walk at the top of the hill there are several 'excercise points'. They all come with instructions & a piece of 'equipment' for you to use to complete the excercise. You might have to balance as you walk along a log (see picture) or do chin ups or even use a set of rings in order to twist your body as you hang in the air (mmm bit difficult to explain some of the excercises!). So not only will you get some amazing views, and have a hearty walk, you will also get even fitter & build up some muscles.
To get to the walk head out to the Hotel Golf & head past the Pension Mayer (keeping it on your right). You want to follow walk number '8'. If you do the 'trim' part of the walk on the way up the hill, on your way down you can follow the path under the chair lift (which unfortunately doesn't run in the summer).
On the way back home, the weather has changed from the hot sunny day into a something that looks like the beginning of the storm. It didn't surprised me because the wather conditions in Slovenia are pretty unstable.
Begunje is small town but it is wide world famous. Visit the "Elan" factory, which is wide world known producer of the ski and boats. Buy the ski here in the factory shops, the price is very resonable.
Once upon the time, it was an important castle settlement with huge and massive defending walls, unfortunatelly destroyed in many battles.
Now in the time there are works of major reconstructions of the castle.
When driving from Ljubljana to Bled, turn right and take the road to Begunje, there is a nice surprise for you. Here you can visit the remnants of beautiful medieval Castle town, called Kamen grad, which had important rolle in the Slovenian history.
This village I passed through on my way walking back to Bled from Vintgar Gorge.
This village is called Zasip. Very nice countryside, the ruralness of Slovenia I should say. Many people walking along this road, I could even see some kids doing their roller-blading thing on the road as the road had less traffic, maybe on that day.
ALL my photos around & in Vintgar Gorge are on my TRIGLAV NATIONAL PARK page.
Actually, there are many ways to explore the region/areas around Bled.
Walking is a good way or cycling if you have a bike. Even roller-blading as I could see some kids & adults love to do on the village roads.
First & foremost, you have to go to Vintgar Gorge.
It's a merely 4 km from Bled, I did my walk as the signs were easily posted to reach there.
Vintgar Gorge is on the Eastern part of Triglav National Park. Although Lake Bled is NOT situated in Triglav Park, Vintgar Gorge is.
Beautiful flowing river & bridges cling to the rock walls.
Enjoy the green scenic montain sceneries around Vintgar Gorge.
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