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Pécs region for Seniors - 3 days



Pécs region
How long it takes?
3 Days
Best vehicle choice for this plan:
car
bicycle
bus
This region is famous for:
World Heritage Sites
Baths, Spas  and Beaches
Culture and monuments
Religious sites
Pécs region
Seniors
Day 1
Train tour from downtown of Pécs to Zsolnay Quarter

If you prefer to take your tours with a ‘professional’, just hop on to the little sightseeing train on wheels and listen carefully. The Dotto train is not just comfortable, but is genuinely local, and may even know things that people from Pécs may not be aware of. It takes you around Pécs in 50 minutes, and during your journey you’ll meet many smiling and waving locals, as well as covering a large part of the town: the tour starts on the main square and runs up to the Zsolnay Quarter through the narrow streets so typical of Pécs, and some busy roads as well. The train on wheels operates every day between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., and leaves on the hour every hour from right in front of the Nagy Lajos Secondary Grammar School, returning to the same place. The terminus could not be in a better place, since from here you can start your trip around Pécs and discover the city’s World Heritage relics.

World Heritage relics of the City

As you pass through Káptalan utca, you will see one of the favourite sights of the people of Pécs, the first padlock fence in the country. There are only legends about how it came into being in Pécs and no-one knows anything for sure, but what we do know is that every local youngster and their love put a padlock on the fence. The Cella Septichora Visitor Centre is not far from here. The ancient tombs, which are protected as World Heritage sites, are one of the most important places in Pécs. You are advised to book a guided tour in advance, so that you can learn more secrets about the relics of Pécs.

The Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul

And while on the topic of interesting buildings, we should also mention one of the symbols of Pécs, the Cathedral. When you arrive at Dóm tér, take a moment to appreciate the four-towered symbol of Pécs: the Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul. Few people know that you can climb up into the lookout tower of the Cathedral – not on your own though, but as part of a guided tour. The view is simply unforgettable. If you can tear yourselves away from the enchanting building, walk down the stairs into the secret Bishop’s Cellar. Legend has it that if Bishop József Cserháti had something secretive to discuss, he invited his confidants to the ‘Texas bar’, which meant the cellar that they accessed through a tunnel. During the era of the party state, this was the place to where they retreated from the palace full of bugs, and where they could discuss issues concealed from the state administration. The passage opens into the garden of the Bishop’s Palace, and you are advised to book your place for the guided tour in advance.

Day 2
Villánykövesd wine cellar system

When you are in Baranya county, and whether you are a wine lover or not, exploring this region has to be about more than just sightseeing. The Villány terroir is known far and wide, and is where you will find the very first wine road in Hungary. Those who are familiar with wines know that the products of the Villány wine region are considered one of the best quality and most popular products in the wine market, both at home and abroad. The most romantic wine cellar system in the region must be the one in Villánykövesd. The tiny, romantic village at the foot of Fekete Hill is not only a treat for wine lovers, but is also a favourite destination for photographers, painters and artists, with its captivating beauty. Most visitors want to see the protected wine cellar system, which is the most spectacular complex of the three-level cellar village. Take a look at the characteristic coloured doors of the cellars and you will immediately understand why people fall in love with this tiny village. But let’s see what’s in store in the village for wine lovers: You can see the current phases of wine production in Villánykövesd, learn what tools winemakers use and, of course, also taste the village’s excellent wines

The Centre of Villány terroir

Villány, the ‘doyen’ of the historic wine region, is only a few minutes away from Villánykövesd by car. One interesting fact from history is that most of the vineyards in Villány were destroyed during the Ottoman rule, and were replanted by the Serbs and Germans who immigrated here later on. These ethnic groups were the catalysts in domesticating the grape varieties Kadarka and Blauer Portugieser, although the grape and wine culture of the region has reached its final form in the past several decades. As a result of wineries applying modern technology of European quality, Villány now teems with wine tourism services. No matter which one you choose – either the Bock Winery, Attila Gere’s Winery or the Sauska Winery – you cannot go wrong with any of them when you visit the historic wine cellar system, which is also the main street in Villány. Many wine cellars also have a restaurant, which are also hard to choose from: gastronomy along the wine cellar system varies from bread-based light afternoon snacks to fine dining. But be sure not to rush your decision: take your time and treat your taste buds in different places.

Day 3
Thermal Bath of Harkány

To top off your visit to this part of the country, visit the Thermal Bath of Harkány, one of the best places in Hungary to heal. You can soak your tired body in the healing thermal water, as well as enjoying the monthly family and night activities. Spend as much time in the water as you can, for the thermal water in Harkány is unique in Europe, with its mineral content exceeding 1,000 mg per litre. From a medical point of view, the most important mineral in the water is carbonyl sulphide, which helps to rebuild and replace the sulphur-containing compounds that make up joints. Water comes from a depth of 50-70 metres, with an average temperature of 62°C when it reaches the surface, making the hours of healing truly relaxing.

During your visit

Wine
For those who seek a premium experience in wine should try Villányi Franc, as this particular wine has significant traditions within the region. “Béla Hamvas says that “VILLÁNYI is an elegant wine for knights and ladies.” And Cabernet franc is particularly recommended for knights. According to Hamvas, this is the wine that one would be send to the ball freshly washed, shaved and dressed in tails or a dinner jacket.
Gastronomy
The favourite food of the Danube Swabians is ‘sufnudli’ (i.e. Schupfnudeln), known in every village in the South Transdanubia region where Swabians live. Fortunately still many people like to cook it and eat it, and it is a favourite even among the non-Swabian ethnic groups of the region.

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