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Romantic; In the countryside; Among nature
In the neighborhood there are numerous possibilities for hiking. Gyűrűfű/Ecovillage is 6km from Helesfa in the Zselics hills. In the village you can: visit a bio-farm or small shop where they prepare goat cheese; go horseback riding or try archery on horseback; or visit the open-air school (the school is worthwhile if just to take a 1 day bicycle trip). One of the largest villages of Green Valley is Bükkösd. It has a small supermarket, fishing lake, horseback riding opportunities and two beautiful castles. Furthermore, here you will find a post office, medical facility, bank and village hall with Internet access.
North of Bükkösd, nestled deep among the Zselic hills in an untouched environment, is Gorica. It got it’s Slavic name from the southern Slavic inhabitants who were relocated here during the 18th century. At the present time the village has no permanent residents, only weekend houses with visiting owners from Pécs, Szentlőrinc and as far away as the Netherlands. North of the village you will find the Pál Rockenbauer Blue Trail.
The most famous holiday lake of southern Transdanubia is Lake Orfű. This lake attracts swimmers, sportsmen, anglers and hikers who are interested in the countryside’s traditions. Close to the lake there are several restaurants, a mill museum, the ’furnace house’ where they bake bread outdoors, an equestrian farm where they organize a riding school and mounted tours, and spelunking (cave exploration).
The Green Valley (Zöld Völgy) is situated between the Mecsek and Zselic mountains. Of special value is the untouched nature and crystal clear environment. Old rural houses and wonderful natural surroundings, far from the noise and traffic of the city, await guests. Here you can take life slower. Wake up to the singing of birds. Caves with echoes, mountains and valleys, forests and fields, streams and hillsides all await guests and invite them to explore the area on foot, by bicycle or on horseback. You can get to know the local flora and fauna walking along the educational pathway. From here you can join the Blue Trail of southern Transdanubia.
Bükkösd is famous for its honey. In Cserdi, Gyűrűfű, and Szentkatalin you will find working goat and cattle farms. At the local estates you can buy bio products.
This hilly area is ideal for horseback riding. At the horse farm of Gyűrűfű you can take part in a riding school, horse show or try horseback archery. The horse farm of Szentdomján is famous for its children equestrian camp and non-violent horse dressage (horsemanship exhibition). For anglers there are 3 fishing lakes: in Boda, Bükkösd and Hetvehely.
The open-air school will help to shape the mindset of the youth in regards to the environment and nature. In the abandoned but later resuscitated villages’ small houses former traditions and crafts revive. In the workshops you can get to know the ancient methods of pottery and wood-carving or you can practice working with corn husks.