The Káli-medence (Káli Basin) is a local secret that hasn't been discovered by tourists yet. If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city and experience the rustic charm of the Hungarian countryside, visit these mind-blowingly beautiful landscapes and villages with the weirdest names.
In the 80s and 90s, Szentbékkálla (pronounced sent-bake-cal-la) became one of the centers of rural tourism in Hungary drawing travelers into the Káli Basin with its rustic charm and wide choice in accommodation. It is also one of the central villages of the basin, so it is a great starting point for hiking tours and leisurely walks to neighboring villages.
Mindszentkálla (pronounced meend-sent-cal-la) is only a 30-minute walk away from Szentbékkálla. On the way there you can pass by the Calvary Cross, and you can visit the Sea of Stones to work up your appetite for some well-deserved ice cream
Köveskál (pronounced koo-vesh-cal) has some of the best restaurants in the Káli Basin, so it is worth taking an hour-long walk to explore this charming village and try some Hungarian dishes and wines
Balatonhenye (pronounced bah-lah-ton-hen-yeh) is the perfect place for hiking. Surrounded by low hills, you can admire the splendid views of the Káli Basin, the picturesque pastures and forests, and the many old trees scattered in and around the village
Beyond its natural sights, Kővágóörs (pronounced koooo-vah-go-ersh) was once the center of Jewish communities in the Káli Basin. Its Jewish heritage lives on in its abandoned Synagogue on the brink of collapse and the neatly-restored Jewish cemetery.
Sample some cheese and ice cream, visit a traditional village home, and go on a hike to learn about the nature, everyday history and life today in and around the charming little village of Kékkút (pronounced cake-koot).
Just outside the Káli Basin these unique summer festivals and museum are definitely worth checking out if you have the time.
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