This picturesque and very lively little village
climbs up on the southern hillsides of the woody mountains embracing
the Káli Basin of the Upper Balaton Region from the north. Looking
down from the church, first you see the zigzagging streets and the
tiled or thatched roofs of the village, while further lies the
marshy plain of the Káli Basin. The view is open right up to the
On the mountainsides, under the forest,
vineyards begin. They are not large-scale farms, but small family
estates looked after with loving care and competence, producing
white wines typical of the region. Pleasant walkways lead from one
wine-cellar to the other. In case you find the owner at home, soon
the sampling-tube and the glasses are likely to appear and you will
be offered some wine during the conversation.
hillsides turn into full white and pink bloom already in March,
thanks to the flowers of almond-trees growing in between the
grape-vines. Almond belongs to the fruits of this countryside since
a long time, and, just like the wines, almonds gain a definite and
pleasant taste from the land and sunshine of this volcanic region.
The biggest plantation with nearly 2 thousand trees blooms right
above the village.
Szentbékkálla is famous for the Sea of Stones,
which possesses curing power due to its location above the St.George
The whitewashed, plaster-decorated houses of
the village have saved the centuries-old traditions of the local
architecture. It is neither a skanzen, nor a dead museum, but a
community living at its centuries-old place, where the number of
children is bigger than that of the old-aged. A village which is
also enjoyed by the visitor. Perhaps this attractive power explains
why Szentbékkálla gives home to residents of German, British and
American origin too. They are not simply having a holiday here but
living in this village. Visit us and enjoy the hospitality of
In 2010 Szentbékkálla won the
Value-rich Settlement Award!