Beautiful Hiking tracks of the World
Hiking the Bled Area
Slovenia, while undeniably small -it’s only half the size of Switzerland, possess so many attractions that it rivals much larger countries. And first among these attractions is the great outdoors. Slovenes have a passion for outdoor sports in this sunny playground on the south side of the Alps. Slovenes are big on hiking -almost as many hike as ski. Slovenia has an excellent system of hiking trails -some 7000 km altogether. There are countless opportunities for adventure from challenging mountain hikes and rock climbs in Triglav National Park, to underground cave explorations, to white-water rafting.
Remember this is Slovenia, NOT Slovakia. Many westerners get these two countries confused. Slovenia declared independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. It is not part of the volatile Balkans and has close cultural and economic ties with central Europe. It is a beautiful and very safe country to visit. Close to the centre of the country lies its’ largest city, the capital, Ljubljana.
Bled is Slovenia’s most popular resort area with its’ emerald green lake, a picture-postcard white church on an islet, a mediaeval castle on the edge of a rocky cliff, and some of the highest peaks in the Julian Alps. If you tire of the tourist hordes in this special picture paradise, seek out the larger but quieter and less developed Lake Bohinj area 26 km further south.