Slovenia's most popular destination, the charming town of Bled exudes simply tourist appeal. Located just 45 minutes' drive from the capital Ljubljana, many tourists make Bled the focus of their holiday in Slovenia. A town with an ancient history and gorgeous natural surrounds, Bled's stellar attraction is the glacial Lake Bled, a cobalt-blue expanse of water with a forested island in the middle, accessible by traditional row-boats known as pletnas.
Overlooking the lake is the photogenic Bled Castle, while the island itself is home to one of Slovenia's best sights, the tall and spired Assumption of Mary Pilgrimage Church. Bled offers tourists a range of great outdoor sport 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 city break vacation should check out Bled, Slovenia's undisputed tourist jewel.