Lake Bled is the glistening jewel in the crown of Slovenian natural beauty and is a fantastic place to have a SUP session. A popular stop on the European interrailing trail, the stunning lake offers a multitude of activities both on and off the water, such as the overlooking castle and the nationally symbolic church which stands gloriously on the central island. You can paddle your SUP up to the island before climbing the steps up to the church itself as well as exploring the rest of the lake before stopping off at one of the many cafes which sit on the shore on the edge of the town. If you happen to be seeing the world from the comforts of a homely van, the train station is one of few places you can park up at for a few nights, but the freedom does come at the price of an occasional loud rumble past the back doors. I still can’t work out what it was. Bears maybe.