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The ‘sea’ of the southern part of Somogy County is the ‘Kotró’ in Gyékényes, which is one of the most beautiful open-surface diving places in Hungary. The central element of the tour is the lake as it is worth spending more time relaxing and swimming in the Kotró. The almost 70-kilometre-long route is recommended for those preferring longer excursions.
The first recommended stop of the tour starting from Nagykanizsa (Csónakázó-tó – Boating lake) can be found in the city. It is the Battyányi Castle located in Fő street. The inhabitants of Nagykanizsa call it ‘the ducal castle’. It is the oldest building of the town that was built between 1705 and 1712. The function of the building has changed more times, now it houses the Thúry György Museum while shops can be found on the side of the street.
The best known sight of Zákányfalu is the Zichy Castle. The Zichy family had it converted from a manor into a castle between 1911 and 1914. The castle has an Eclectic style. It has been working as a school since 1945. The park of the castle boasts several plant rarities and a lime tree line.
Zákány is the pearl of the section of the Dráva in Somogy County. In its area the visitor can enjoy a splendid panorama: the serenely floating waters of the River Dráva, the pristine beauty of the nature and the sight of the Croatian towns that are located nearby, on the other side of the river. Among the examples of built heritage the Széchenyi Castle, the Roman Catholic church built from donations in honour of Saint Emeric in 1931 and the railway are the outstanding ones.
The ‘Lake of Gyékényesi-tó’ owes the name ‘Kotró’ to its gravel quarry. Due to the special soil the water is very clear. The depth of the Kotró is 12-15 metres at the diving base but near the extraction site it may reach even 25-30 metres. The visibility is incredible: 3-8-metres. Fishing huts with piers of some metres stand immediately on the shore. They are partly built on piles in the water. Further from the shore small weekend houses with attics have been built in more rows, which give a characteristic appearance to the settlement. Among the examples of built heritage of Gyékényes the Roman Catholic and the Evangelical churches as well as the memorials of the First World War are the interesting ones. One of the groves on the floodplain is the Lankóci forest on the edge of Gyékényes, which is a preferred destination for hikers.
Porrog and Porrogszentkirály offer attractions for the travellers as there are beautiful Evangelical churches in the villages thanks to Evangelical inhabitants.
The tourist attraction of Somogybükkösd is the Perczel Castle that is working as a communal centre nowadays. The 1.8-hectare park surrounding the castle is protected. The cellars with adobe walls keep the rural construction style. The cellars belong to the village. The church of Somogybükkösd was built in Romanesque style in the 13th century and later was redone in Baroque style in the 18th century.
Visiting the Kotró (the Lake of Gyékényes) is highly recommended to tourists!