Lake Bled © James Southorn
Slovenia's most popular destination, the charming town of Bled is located just 45 minutes' drive from the capital Ljubljana and is the base for many tourists holidaying in Slovenia. A town with gorgeous surrounds and an ancient history, Bled's foremost attraction is the glacial Lake Bled: a cobalt-blue expanse of water with a forested island in the middle, it's accessible by traditional rowboats known as pletnas.
Overlooking the lake is the photogenic Bled Castle while the island itself is home to the spired Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary, one of Slovenia's most impressive sights. Bled offers tourists a range of great outdoor sporting activities, such as golfing, fishing, and horse riding, while the nearby Triglav National Park has fantastic walking and hiking trails. Those looking for a cost-effective and richly rewarding European vacation should check out Bled, Slovenia's undisputed tourist jewel.