Last year, when my two friends and I were interrailing, we caught a train from Venice to Zagreb, crossing through Slovenia on our way. This journey was perhaps one of the most memorable as it was a rickety old train with real, working windows (!!!), and most of the trains we’d used previously only relied on very poor AC. This meant that we spent hours excitedly sticking our heads out of the window and really taking in the beauty that is Slovenia. It wasn’t long before we vowed to come back and explore properly, which is exactly what we spent last week doing.
Initially we liked the sound of staying at a youth hostel next to Lake Bled, but having read lots of travel blogs my friend suggested a slightly more alternative holiday bycamping at Lake Bohinj. We decided to camp at Zlatorog, which is now the place I would completely recommend to anyone wanting to check out Slovenia. Camp Zlatorog is the right balance between seclusion and activity, and above all is just perfect for those who want to avoid typical tourist hot spots. We flew to Ljubljana Airport (which I still can’t pronounce…) and from there shared a shuttle bus with a group of people also hoping to avoid the three hour bus journey to Bohinj. The taxi ride (company ‘Zup’) only took an hour, and cost us 19 euro each…only a teeny bit more than the buses would have! We even took the company’s number to pick us up for our return journey, which just made everything much more convenient for the three of us!
You can’t actually reserve pitches at Camp Zlatorog so it’s a little bit of a gamble, but as we’d emailed in advance to reserve a tent they let us camp despite the site being full when we arrived. Renting a tent was absolutely perfect for us as it saved us paying luggage fees to Easy Jet, and at only 5 euro a night was totally worth it. There are also options to bring your own camping equipment and even motor homes, so the site really does cater to everyone. Above all, the service is just excellent. The staff were lovely and did everything they could to help us – including charging our phones and freezing our ice packs at reception! There’s also a restaurant onsite with a relatively extensive menu (and fab pizzas!), and they even set up a ‘bakery’ with a selection of croissants and bread rolls each morning.
For me, the best thing about Zlatorog is how relaxed it is. There are no designated swimming areas or staff members checking up on your pitch every two minutes, meaning that it avoids feeling too touristy and you feel completely at ease. We spent every day hiring paddleboards, canoes and rowing boats, and one day even went on a small hike to Slap Savica – Slovenia’s most visited waterfall. There’s also a bus stop just outside of the campsite with fairly regular buses to the other side of the lake, where you can eat out or shop at the local supermarket. There’s also a bus which takes you to Lake Bled – the trip only takes an hour and a return ticket is just 8.20!
All in all, Camp Zlatorog offers everything you’d need for a stress-free, adventure holiday, and is definitely worth checking out if you’re travelling through Slovenia!