The Barcs district
Many delights await those who reach the Barcs stretch of the River Dráva. Evocative boat-trips may be taken, canoe tours on the capricious river, or simply the sight of the swallows on the high river banks at Heresznye, whilst others may enjoy hunting in the nearby forests or angling on the river bank. Those interested in the history of the area will not be disappointed either, with the town museum and the local history collections found in Babócsa, Szulok, Péterhida and Lakócsa. Those seeking recuperation may have their troubles soothed at the medicinal pools of the Csokonyavisonta Baths, and at the Barcs Recreational Thermal Centre.
We are sure that those who have once visited this area will gladly return again hoping to learn even more of its landscape and people. It is worth leaving the car here and to walk along the nature trails, stopping to study at the information points, even popping in to one of the wayside inns, whilst soaking up the atmosphere of nature.
The countryside is flat in this area, only articulated by occasional sand dunes. Even so the sedimentary ground provides an extremely rich flora. The border area is diverse, with marshy forests, lakes, backwaters, swamps and wooded pastures. Lonely centuries-old, giant oaks found near to the villages of Potony, Somogytarnóca and Tótújfalu, bear witness to the past.
The inhabitants preserve the ancient traditions of three ethnic groups. Besides the Hungarians, Croatians and Germans may be found, the latter invited here by the one-time landowners. Significant ethnographic and folk-art memorabilia may be found in the Barcs Museum.
The area is rich in architecture art. Notable historical families built their manor houses in Barcs (Somogytarnóca) and Lad. Rare tree varieties may be found in their parks. Other important architectural features are the country houses, the peasant cottages and the Catholic and Protestant churches. The Szulok Roman Catholic church built in 18oo and the Protestant church and parsonage in Homokszentgyörgy enjoy national protection. It is also worth studying the public sculptures found in several settlements - the Pieta and Kossuth portrait in Barcs; Nagyatádi Szabó István in Csokonyavisonta; King Béla IV in Bélavár and the 'Unknown Old Fisherman' in Vízvár.
Finally, the restored and re-faced thermal baths, the memorials, modern sculptures, beautifully kept parks and new public-buildings all bear witness to the spirit of the most recent times.