The Siklós district
The superior wines of Villány, Siklós and their surrounds are known to both visitors from home and abroad, as are the medicinal waters of Harkány, and together they attract travellers from far, far away.
The dominant geological feature of the gently articulated landscape is the limestone and dolomite Villány hill range. Its highest point is the 442m-high Szársomlyó Hill. Several strictly protected species of the Mediterranean have found a habitat here. Only here in Hungary may be found the Hungarian Meadow Saffron (Colchicum Hungaricum Janka) and the poisonous Vincetoxicum Pannonicum. Rare animals may also be found here, such as the Predatory Bush Cricket, the Red Cicada and the Large Whip Snake.
The climate of the district is distinctively Mediterranean. Its excellent qualities are particularly advantageous for the production of grapes, vegetables and fruits, and for the production of high-quality wines. The district is one of Baranya County's main visitor reception areas. Turning off the Wine Road, we find tourist attractions in almost every village. Churches cater to various faiths. Both the faithful and those interested in the architecture of past times may visit the Catholic church in Alsószentmárton, which was sanctified in 1797. In Garé there are two listed buildings: the late Baroque Protestant church was built in 1797, whilst the Romanesque Catholic church was sanctified in 1875. One of the area's main sights is the twin-towered Baroque church in Siklós-Máriagyüd, which contains enamelled stations-of-the-cross produced in the Zsolnay Porcelain Factory. The Serbian Orthodox Faith has churches in both Illocska and Siklós, and the latter town may also proudly boast of its European Nostra Prize-winning mosque.
As the former home of the aristocratic landlord, the locals have a great respect for the Siklós Castle and its 15th century Gothic chapel. (It is also worth noting here the ruins of the Szársomlyó Castle dating from the Middle Ages.) Examples of vernacular architecture may be found in many places, such as Haraszti, Kásád, Kistótfalu and Old. The special form and style of the wine cellars is also noteworthy, and especially the 'villages' formed by their streets.
Those artefacts which link us to former days may be found particularly in the Castle Museum in Siklós. Valuable, everyday-objects and ethnographic material may also be found in the cottage museums in Nagytótfalu, Kásád, Nagyharsány and Márok. The stone sculptures of the Nagyharsány Sculpture Park are also an attraction for the visitor, whilst at the same time sculptural installations may be found in many of the settlements.
Those who enjoy taking healthy walks may learn of the beauties of Southern Baranya whilst enjoying two study trails, one of which is beside the River Dráva and the other in the area of the Szársomlyó Hill and Villány. Anglers may enjoy a number of small and larger fishing lakes in idyllic settings, with rich stocks of fish