Eco River Camp – Guide to a River Adventure in Slovenia

If you have ever see those stunning aerial photographs of the iconic Lake Bled (Lesce Bled) in Slovenia you’ll understand why those who are fortunate enough to have been here love camping Bled so much! But there’s a little secret I’ll let you in on that will make your time in the jewel of the Julian Alps more rewarding. Location is the key!

Nominated as one of the Seven New Wonders of the World, it is easy to understand how images of Bled Island are etched in the hearts, minds and on the Bucket List of millions.

But did you know that there is more to this region than that? Many people miss a beautiful slice of Slovenia when they visit the region which is a well kept secret to the south east. When Camping in Slovenia, make sure you visit Globoko!

Currently, we’re facing challenging times and people aren’t able to travel like before. So if you have the chance to get out and vacation anywhere, then this is the place to be. Out in nature, surrounded by the wilderness and clean air, just as it should be.

Where to stay when Camping Bled

I have been around the Lake many times and it makes for an enjoyable hour or so of walking. Normally it would take me about an hour if I didn’t stop, but with so many stunning views to take in you could easily spend they day just doing this.

Any time I find myself planning a trip back to Bled I start by building the entire itinerary around basing myself out of Eco River Camp for the best Camping Bled experience. Begin on the western side of the Lake this puts me a short 5 minute walk from Globoko train station (more on that in a little while), and in a location that is away from town, right on the beautiful Sava River.

The crystal clear waters here are amazing all year round. And as the seasons change, the landscape takes on a dramatic shift that many nature enthusiasts and photographers spend their lives seeking out.

Apart from the perfect location, why else do I choose to come to Eco River Camp?

It’s all in the name really, the way the site is setup it is in line with the values I hold towards sustainability. Right down to the eco-friendly soap! They have thought of everything here, and I feel like they are always looking to make my stay better.

The water coming down off the mountains is as pure, crisp and clean as you could hope for it to be. The solar at the site is very reliable and well maintained. I love that I don’t need to bring much in the way of cooking and kitchen tools as they have a great selection there.

When I’m travelling I prefer to disconnect from as much of my busy normal life as much as possible. There is reliable Wi-Fi here if you need it. Camping in Slovenia has never been so connected.

The feeling I get here is one where I’m at peace, even with the sounds of young families and children playing. It’s really nice to be able to just stop, take a breath, and enjoy. It’s a bit like being in the Himalaya sometimes.

The camp facilities here are some of the more comfortable ones that I’ve experienced in my years of camping. There are elements of this that are more glamping to some, like hot water being on tap, which makes for a nice touch while still being so close to nature.

Breakfast here is something that is to be taken at a leisurely pace. You can’t rush a Bio-Vegan breakfast and what is arguably the best coffee in the area. With views like those you’ll have while camping Bled with the Eco River Camp family, breakfast is meant to be enjoyed. This is a refreshing experience compared to life in Ljubljana (or any other city for that matter).

It’s lovely being able to jump on the train and 2 hours later find myself in this storybook wonderland.

Staying about a 20 minute drive from the town of Bled, the proximity of Eco River Camp is just right in my opinion. There’s nothing quite like a stroll along the river after a delicious meal and a nice wine (if you remembered to bring your favorite wine with you). Or, if you prefer to go into town, you can easily make your way in for many dining options on the lake.

I prefer the close by alternative that is so easy to choose while staying here that is right on your doorstep. You can’t go past Rex’s! The café serves beer at night and the campfires add to the ambiance. It’s this kind of setting that makes memories which you’ll look back on and share with others fondly.

What does staying at Eco River Camp give you access to?

Apart from relaxing in this beautiful location and being able to take some stunning photographs there are a range of other things you can do.

Try you hand at any of the activities that can be arranged here for you. Everything from canyoning, rafting and kayaking for the water lovers, to paragliding so you can take in those stunning views that brought you here.

I’m going to be very honest with you on this point, my first visit here was packed full of things to do, but the single thing that I regretted not doing was the paragliding. I made sure on my next visit camping Bled that I did that!

What else is there to do?

This part of Slovenia offers so much for visitors to see and do. You are really spoiled for choice here! These are just a few of the options you could consider while camping Bled.

Being in this part of the region you are still only a short ride away from what many people flock here to see, Lake Bled and Bled Island. Bled Castle is often missed by visitors who are in a hurry to snap a picture of the Island and the church. Make sure you take a little time to go and have a look.

Enjoying the views of the sunrise from Punto Panoramico in late August through to late September from this location are prefect as the sunrise comes up behind the Cerkev Marijinega Vnebovzetja (also known in English as the Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Maria). This is also my favorite spot to set up the camera for sunset photographs as the soft light changes across Bled and on to the Alps.

Hiking through Vintgar Gorge is a great way to take in some of the most impressive scenery in the area. Waterfalls and timber bridges await, and you’ll feel like you are the first person to see it all unfold.

Drive for about half an hour to Radovna where you will be able to park the car and hike through the mountains towards Mount Triglav. Be sure to let someone know where you are going, and prepare for cooler conditions with the altitude.

When the day is done, and you are ready to head back to camp, you’ll know that the relaxation you’ll find after a hot shower and a delicious meal will be complemented by the sounds of the Slovenian mountains as the Sara River sings you to sleep while camping Bled. This is River Camping in Slovenia at it’s best!

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