The small historic city of Skara stands between the major lakes of southern Sweden, in the middle of the Västergötland province, about 8 miles northeast of the second city, Gothenburg. The E2 trunk road passes through the outskirts of the city. If you rent a car in Skara you will have the opportunity to visit the acclaimed lakes and forests of Vastergotland, and enjoy its tourist sights. These include the medieval monastery at Varnhem, the shores of Lake Hornborgasjön and the scenic trails through the protected woods of Eahagen-Öglunda nature reserve.