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The fish pond is currently under renovation, but soon it will be even nicer than before.
We would like to guide you to Boda, a small village only a few km from Pécs. You see many nice and interesting things here. For example a geocache. :-)
How to get here
From Pécs take route 6 towards Szigetvár. A sign will indicate where you need to turn off the main road. Drive on for 3 km after your turn, and soon you will notice the fish pond and fish nursery on your right side. Pass these a bit, in order to get to the parking lot. You may walk from here. There is a picnic area near the parking lot.
The lakes were created in 1996. They are managed by the Mecsekalja Angler Association. One of the lakes has a little island in the middle, connected to the shore by a bridge. The bridge is not in its best shape, walk on it very carefully. I wanted to hide the cache on this island first, but I could not find an appropriate place for it.
The name of the village originates from the Slavik name Buda, Boda, Budimer. It is a typical small village of Baranya county.
The area has already been inhibited in the Bronze Age. Many artifacts have been found form the Roman Age. During the reign of the first Hungarian king, István, the Saint, probably a castle was erected here. During the Middle Ages the village had its own parish - which shows the importance of the settlement. Boda has not been abandoned during the Ottoman rule, as many other villages. Its inhabitants are known to be Hungarians from those times.
In the 18th century it was part of the Preuner estate, later it was owned by the Eszterházy family.
Its current church was built in 1908 in honor of John the Baptist.
The Vintage in Boda (Bodai szüret) is always an important event in the life of the village. Each year it is held on the first Saturday of October, as part of the "Mediterranean Fall" countywide festivities.
Following the traditions, the events start with a procession of horsemen followed by folk dancers. Local and guest folk dance groups entertain the audience, and there is music all day long on the open air stage. Also there is a crafts market and there is entertainment for the children as well, such as face painting, games, arts and crafts.
The Bee-keeper's Museum (Méhész múzeum) is located in a nice and quiet area, in Petofi street 39. Ferenc Graf's apiary operates here since 1985. He produces colza, linden, and sunflower honey besides the always popular acacia. The house treasures a candle collection, rarities made of bee wax and honey. Mr. Graf has continuously been developing his museum which is unique in the country, or maybe even in Europe. He is an avid collector of artifacts related to bee-keeping. He owns century old tools and beehives. He also displays honey samples from other countries (for example Finnish, Greek, British, Croatian) produced in various years.
Ferenc Graf is a kind person, visitors are always welcome, either individually or as a group.