• mahabis guide // idyllic winter escapes

lake bled, slovenia 

Bled is a small town in northwestern Slovenia, overlooked by mountains and forests and bordered by a uniquely stunning lake. Curious and picturesque, Lake Bled is warm enough to swim in summer, yet also freezes for ice skating in winter. It was formed from the melting of the Bohinj glacier and is fed (and surrounded) by natural springs.

 


The 2km wide body of water holds a tiny islet with several buildings in the middle. Known as 'Bled Island', it's most notable building is the church. Frequently visited, weddings are held there regularly. Amongst locals it is considered good luck for grooms to carry their brides up the 99 steps to the Chapel of St Maria, ring the bell and make a wish inside. 

 

Taking a stroll around the lake would take around an hour, but a traditional Slovenian horse and carriage ride, or 'fijaker' is also available. Stay in the wooden Ribno Cabins, complete with private wooden jacuzzis, or Grand Hotel Toplice for it's panoramic lake views.

 

cappadocia, turkey

The mystical Cappadocia region is known best for its 'fairy chimney' rock formations. As the cooler weather sets in Turkey it becomes a winter wonderland. A stark contrast to the blazing summer heat in Istanbul; Cappadocia is a haven of intrigue. 

 

 

Carved by natives from the volcanically-formed landscape since the 4th Century, 36 underground cities spread far and wide, tunnelling through the soft rock. With its 'open air museum' formed of caves and beautiful colourful churches set in stone, one stop that tops the list is Goreme. It also features a charming little centre where you must be sure to grab a hot Salep. The traditional drink made from orchid and cinnamon will warm you from the inside out. 

 

 

Whilst some guides say that all of the cities look similar, there are other sights to behold. Topped with snow, the region is breathtaking. Imagination valley is known for it's animal-shaped formations, and the views from Three Sisters is unparalleled. If weather permits, the chilly (but so worth it) balloon rides allow you to take in the aerial view of the unique landscape.

 

ullapool, scotland

Known as 'the gateway to the Northern Highlands', a little fishing village called Ullapool sits on the shore of Lochbroom. The town itself is bustling, but never overbearing. Touched by scandinavian influence, the fresh Scottish wind will undoubtedly put the colour back in your cheeks. 

 

 

When it comes to choosing where to stay, The Stone Houses are a stunning option. Featuring stone walls combined with floor-to-ceiling windows, and built using local materials and architects, they sit perched above Ullapool. A truly stunning view of Lochbroom is at your window - on a clear day it stretches all the way out to the Summer Isles. If you're lucky you may even be able to see the Aurora Borealis.

 

 

The highlands present a photographers dream, and in the local area there are walks, nature reserves and Stac Pollaidh. And for those inevitable days on which the rain is beating upon your window? A book by the log fire and an incredible view is still guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. 

 

 

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images // Oliver-BonjochMihael GrmekAnne Dirkse, Travel Coffee Book, The Stone Houses, ManoloFranco.
 

mahabis guide // idyllic winter escapes

lake bled, slovenia 

Bled is a small town in northwestern Slovenia, overlooked by mountains and forests and bordered by a uniquely stunning lake. Curious and picturesque, Lake Bled is warm enough to swim in summer, yet also freezes for ice skating in winter. It was formed from the melting of the Bohinj glacier and is fed (and surrounded) by natural springs.

 


The 2km wide body of water holds a tiny islet with several buildings in the middle. Known as 'Bled Island', it's most notable building is the church. Frequently visited, weddings are held there regularly. Amongst locals it is considered good luck for grooms to carry their brides up the 99 steps to the Chapel of St Maria, ring the bell and make a wish inside. 

 

Taking a stroll around the lake would take around an hour, but a traditional Slovenian horse and carriage ride, or 'fijaker' is also available. Stay in the wooden Ribno Cabins, complete with private wooden jacuzzis, or Grand Hotel Toplice for it's panoramic lake views.

 

cappadocia, turkey

The mystical Cappadocia region is known best for its 'fairy chimney' rock formations. As the cooler weather sets in Turkey it becomes a winter wonderland. A stark contrast to the blazing summer heat in Istanbul; Cappadocia is a haven of intrigue. 

 

 

Carved by natives from the volcanically-formed landscape since the 4th Century, 36 underground cities spread far and wide, tunnelling through the soft rock. With its 'open air museum' formed of caves and beautiful colourful churches set in stone, one stop that tops the list is Goreme. It also features a charming little centre where you must be sure to grab a hot Salep. The traditional drink made from orchid and cinnamon will warm you from the inside out. 

 

 

Whilst some guides say that all of the cities look similar, there are other sights to behold. Topped with snow, the region is breathtaking. Imagination valley is known for it's animal-shaped formations, and the views from Three Sisters is unparalleled. If weather permits, the chilly (but so worth it) balloon rides allow you to take in the aerial view of the unique landscape.

 

ullapool, scotland

Known as 'the gateway to the Northern Highlands', a little fishing village called Ullapool sits on the shore of Lochbroom. The town itself is bustling, but never overbearing. Touched by scandinavian influence, the fresh Scottish wind will undoubtedly put the colour back in your cheeks. 

 

 

When it comes to choosing where to stay, The Stone Houses are a stunning option. Featuring stone walls combined with floor-to-ceiling windows, and built using local materials and architects, they sit perched above Ullapool. A truly stunning view of Lochbroom is at your window - on a clear day it stretches all the way out to the Summer Isles. If you're lucky you may even be able to see the Aurora Borealis.

 

 

The highlands present a photographers dream, and in the local area there are walks, nature reserves and Stac Pollaidh. And for those inevitable days on which the rain is beating upon your window? A book by the log fire and an incredible view is still guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. 

 

 

If you enjoyed reading our blog, feel free to share it via our ready-to-go tweet link.

images // Oliver-BonjochMihael GrmekAnne Dirkse, Travel Coffee Book, The Stone Houses, ManoloFranco.
 

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