Lake Bled regularly tops lists of the world’s most beautiful place – and it’s easy to see why.
We knew that the lake – in north-western Slovenia – would be something special, but that didn’t fully prepare us for the reality
At one end of Lake Bled, a medieval castle is perched high above the water on a 130-metre sheer rock cliff.
Gondola-like traditional Pletna boats dot the lake, carrying people from the villas and towns around the shoreline.
The boat ride took us about 15 minutes and the views from the water were breath-taking.
Long believed to have healing properties, the water of Lake Bled glistens emerald-green when the sun shines.
The air is crisp and there are beds of flowers and carefully-tended parks everywhere you turn.
If you desire, there is a six kilometre walk around the lake and the surrounding alpine areas are popular for kayaking and mountain biking.
The nearby Triglav National Park can easily be reached by bus from Lake Bled.
As we found throughout Slovenia, local wines and food specialties are served at the restaurants in the town of Bled.
This includes the famous Bled cake, the kremna rezina, which consists of a thick layer of cream and an even thicker layer of vanilla custard sandwiched between slices of thin crispy pastry.
We also enjoyed Kranjska klobasa, a juicy pork sausage that is said to come from the nearby town of Kranj.
Slovenia is widely being described as the undiscovered jewell of Europe.
We suggest that, for its sheer natural beauty alone, Lake Bled is one of the shiniest parts of that jewell.
Note: the writer flew to Europe courtesy of Scoot Airlines