The city of Kalmar stands on Sweden’s south-eastern Baltic coast, directly opposite the island of Oland. The only bridge crossing the four-mile-wide Kalmar Strait to this large island leaves from Kalmar. Hiring a car in Kalmar is one of the best ways to the popular tourist attraction of Oland. The island is renowned for its unspoilt habitats, ancient castles and traditional farms and has been designated a World Heritage site. But there are attractions near to Kalmar on the mainland too, like the Hallagården Animal Park, the old round church in Hagby and the scenic Stensö beach and recreation area.