Keszthely, Lake Balaton © Judith Duk
Balatonfured has been the most fashionable resort on the lake since the 18th century, when the medicinal centre was established, and people are still drawn here on holiday because of its curative thermal waters. The mineral baths are reserved for patients, but the Balatonfured resort area is popular with tourists and there are three good beaches for swimming. The heart of the old spa town is the shady Gyógy Tér (Health Square) that has a hot spring in the centre and is lined with 19th-century facades.
Among Balatonfured's attractions are a peaceful lakeside promenade, several hot springs and some small museums. The shores of the lake are great for all manner of water activities from sunbathing to yachting. There are also a number of cycle tracks along the lake and through the surrounding region. A wine tasting festival is held in August annually and the famous Anna Ball takes place on the weekend closest to the 26 July (Anna Day) at the Anna Grand Hotel. Balatonfured is also a good base for foodies as it has a great selection of restaurants. The town of Füred has a row of restaurants along the lake serving both Hungarian and international fare and the old town has a selection of more authentic Hungarian restaurants.