Another day of walking for me, and a day at the beach for Jane. Although it has to be said that beach is a bit strong for the water access around Balaton. It consists of grass of benches and steps over the rocks into the waters of the lake. Which is about a meter deep around the coast. It does get deeper but the walk is so long you need a tent to get there.
This is why we tried Tihany, a peninsular jutting into the lake about five minutes from Balatonfured and our hotel.
While not seeming much the walk was better than expected because of the constant uping and downing and cliffs around the far side. Supported by panels giving the geological history of the lake and peninsular. At its highest point it is only two hundred and some meters, but the combination of rising and falling land with mixed woods and open ridges made this an afternoon well spent. With lots to see and plenty of shade, even some wildlife in the shape of a frog and green lizards. I did see a grass snake but it was gone so quickly there was no chance for a photo call. Walking around the peninsular like this you get to see all the sites off interest. The village from across the interior lake, the vineyards, the volcanic boreholes, once mined by the locals, where hot steam and water produced hollow mineral rich plugs of rock standing above the surrounding countryside. Like many places, I met only one other couple out for a walk, during the four hours I was out. Very peaceful.
The other place to visit on Tihany is Rege’s Cafe, Coffee and cakes on the side of the hill overlooking the lake. Its been going for sixty years this year so we popped in to see what made it so popular. We werEn’t disappointed. I had iced espresso, with cream, and coffee liqueur. Tasted as good as it sounds. Jane had a cake, I was too busy with mine to see the exact choice she made, fruity and spongy creamy cake.
Just some more photos from the walk around Tihany,