One of the best things about visiting Slovenia is the overwhelming number of diverse sights packed into such a small area – one of the country's previous tourism slogans was 'Europe in miniature', which was and still is an apt description. A 45-minute drive from Ljubljana is enough to reach the Mediterranean in the west, the Alps (or even the Austrian border) in the north and countless interesting countryside destinations to the east and south. However, one thing that is unfortunately not so great about Slovenia is its public transport network. While buses and trains do cover the majority of the country, even direct connections between Ljubljana and larger towns often take two to three times longer than going by car, and services greatly reduced or even non-existent at the weekends. This makes renting a car by far the best option for seeing the most places in the least amount of time. Instead of visiting one town by bus, you can visit an entire region, and spend less money doing so. For those who are generally wary of driving in foreign countries, there's no need to worry, Slovene roads are generally in excellent condition and places of interest are well signposted.
The region of the Slovenian Alps, known as 'Gorenjska' in Slovene, officially begins some 20km to the northwest of Ljubljana, comprising some of the country's most beautiful scenery and tourist destinations. The drive itself, even along the motorway, offers spectacular views of snowcapped mountains, as well as countless picturesque villages and hilltop churches, and the spring is the perfect time to visit, as you can enjoy the lovely weather before the summer rush arrives.