Thursday's Child: Lake Bohinj, Slovenia

Thursday, January 24, 2013
One of the tiniest beaches we've visited - even smaller than the beach at Aarhus that I wrote about last week - is the one by Lake Bohinj in northwestern  Slovenia.  Just a sliver of beach around a large glacial lake, it attracts very few visitors, but we spent an afternoon there four years ago playing in and around the water.

We stayed two nights at beautiful nearby Lake Bled, but longed for an afternoon in an even more serene location.  Hence the 26 kilometre drive to Lake Bohinj on roads so winding, we weren't sure if we'd end up in Italy or back where we started.

Lake Bojinj is protected in more than one way.  The largest lake in the country, it's surrounded by Slovenia's Julian Alps.  But it's also protected from overdevelopment by both the difficulty in reaching it and the fact that it's located in a national park.  There are very few restaurants or hotels in the area, which means you have to be pretty determined to get there.

I understand it's wonderful for fishing, and skiing in the winter is supposed to be great.  But we were there to relax.  Yes, the beach was pebbly rather than sandy, and neither the lake nor the air was warm enough to merit a real swim.  But the crystal clear water, the fresh pine air, and the fact that we had a section of beach all to ourselves meant we enjoyed one of the most tranquil afternoons we've ever spent on holidays.





17 comments:

Valerie said...

Looks very serene and beautifully isolated from everything...the sort of spot that's perfect for book reading. :)

Food Gal said...

I'm all for tranquil! LOL

Patty said...

Looks beautiful, believe it or not I've visited Slovenia! ..a few years back but have great memories -I would be happy to return for a relaxing visit!

bakewithjill.com said...

So gorgeous! It looks like a great place to take a walk.

Guru Uru said...

WHat a relaxing haven :D

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

Lizzy Do said...

What an idyllic setting! I'd love an afternoon on a private beach...

Angie's Recipes said...

Peaceful and relaxing!

Belinda said...

Doesn't matter how small in size it is, it's stunning!

The Café Sucré Farine said...

Oh my, this is beautiful! It truly looks like a slice of heaven on earth!

yummychunklet said...

Beautiful photo!

artofnaturalliving.com said...

Wow--Slovenia just came up in conversation as a really beautiful vacation destination!

backroadjournal said...

It reminds me of some of the lakes we visited in Austria. Karen

lisa is cooking said...

Beautiful spot! I can almost smell the fresh, mountain air. Some friends have visited Slovenia and told us we need to put it on our travel list. It's on it. Some day!

Joanne said...

That scenery is absolutely gorgeous! I almost feel like I'm there with you instead of shivering in my apartment :)

Claudia said...

Isn't it lovely how a tiny place brings such large memories?

Claire Davis said...

I can feel the peace in that last picture! So tranquil and lovely.

Andrea_TheKitchenLioness said...

Beth, what a beautiful spot - you have been to so many incredibly wonderful places, I am always amazed to see these posts of yours!

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