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The Sellye district

The density of forest in the southern half of the district exceeds the national average, where 20-25% of the cultivated land is forest. The dominant species are the willow, poplar and alder groves, as well as the groves of oak, ash and elm. Romantic flood-plain forests and swamp oaks cover the area near to the River Dráva. Protected woods and copses may be found near to several settlements. The sandbanks of the borderland river provide a habitat for a number of rare birds - the Little Ringed Plover, the Sandpiper, and the Little Tern, who only nests here in Hungary. The other rarities of the area are the heavily protected Red Kite and the Black Stork.

This part of the district is particularly endowed with game. It is notable for the Sellye deer, and at night the Grey Wolf hunts in packs. Part of the Beech Ridge forest reserve touches the border of Vajszló. A natural treasure of especial interest is the rich individual living world of the Vágás Backwater near Drávasztára, and here may be found the heavily protected Marsh Helleborine. The plentiful and diverse fish-stock of the waters awaits the angler. Carp, European Wels, Pike, Bream, Crucian and Loach may be found. Thanks to the thermal waters, which arise at Bogdása-Körcsönyepuszta, a warm water lake has been made where African fish are bred.

The district is particularly rich in architectural treasures. Primarily the Protestant churches bear witness to the distinctive style of the 18-19th centuries. Prayers are heard in the late Baroque churches of Kórós and Okorág, and the Neo-classical buildings of Bogdása, Kákics and Magyarmecske. At Drávaiványi one of the Ormánság's most beautiful painted wood-panelled ceilings may be found, whilst the chapel at Magyarmecske offers a particularly fine example of vernacular architecture.

The country town of Sellye can boast notable secular architecture. The Baroque-style Draskovich Manor - and the evergreens of its park - are particularly noteworthy and entice many visitors to the area.

The district is particularly well endowed with vernacular architecture. In a number of villages several centuries-old peasant houses may be found, such as in Kákics, Kisszentmárton, Bogdása and Drávaiványi. Visitors may study the wooden framed house in the courtyard of the Géza Kiss Ormánság Museum in Sellye, as well as the local history and ethnographic collection. Several villages have their own collections presenting typical everyday objects, ethnographic artefacts and the local dress.

Beside the aforementioned, Sellye's thermal baths provide a real experience and tranquil relaxation. In the grounds a swimming pool, boating lake and many services cater to the visitor.

Completed under the auspices of "The Dráva Complex Eco-tourism Development Project".
Project co-funded by the European Union.
A Magyar Turizmus Zrt megbízásából készítette az Integranet Kft.