Baranya is known for its Mediterranean climate. It has the highest rainfall in the country, but is relatively warm, thanks to a calming breeze from the Mediterranean, and a high number of sun-filled hours, and it has relatively mild winters. Baranya's landscape is comparable to that of the rich rolling Tuscan hills.
Baranya is a region of mostly small villages and hamlets, and 45% of the countryside still covered in a blanket of dense forests, rich in game.�
The county seat of P�cs offers numerous attractions. Relics of the early Christian period can be found here - including the early Christian Necropolis of P�cs, a collection of underground tombs with remarkable murals. �Then there is the episcopate Gothic cathedral of P�cs, founded by King Stephen I; its four grand towers are one of the most attractive sites in the county.� Janus Pannonius University of P�cs was Hungary's first university, founded by King Louis the Great. Lastly, there's an impressive collection of Renaissance period stonework in the Zsolnay Museum. Aside from the collection, a thorough exhibit of the history and manufacturing of Zsolnay ceramics is displayed in this museum.
One notable structure outside P�cs is the castle of Sikl�s, a grand mediaeval castle atop a hill, recognizable through its irregular rectangular shape.
Dotted with gentle almond, fig and sweet chestnut trees, Baranya's slopes provide favorable soil for its rich red wines.� The town of Vill�ny is nationally famous for its robust wines; k�koport� and kardaka grapes are grown here. The climate encourages other flora, such as the ambrosial hellebore, dainty peony and delightful Hungarian wild flower.
Spas are common in Baranya. The most famous is the thermal-bath of Hark�ny. It is family-oriented, with its bubble baths, indoor and outdoor chutes, and pools and Jacuzzis. Its sulphurus waters are soothing balms for the sick.
If looking for something more interactive, try one of Baranya's many festivals. The bus�j�r�s carnival in Moh�cs is as colorful as the celebrations in Venice. Another notable festival is the National Theatre Festival of P�cs, a 10-day event that looks back at over two decades of Hungarian history through the performing arts.�
The Baranya region is home to 98% of Hungary's coal resources.