Makó, the most flowery town of Hungary
Makó is more than 700 years old and is situated in the Southeastern part of the country, 30 kms from Szeged. Makó became famous for its onion and garlic. It has been the town of onion producers and traders.
Attila József was strolling the streets of Makó and was student of the local high school. His first volume of poems – Beauty’s beggar was published here in 1922. The poet Gyula Juhász wrote the foreword, who was a teacher at Makó high school in Makó.
Many famous people were born here: Joseph Pulitzer journalist and publisher, Joseph Galamb the designer of Ford Model T, Antal Páger Kossuth-Prize awarded actor. In 2004 Makó was awarded of the prize The most flowery town of Hungary. In 2005 it was the silver medal awarded flowery town of Europe. Take a walk with us!
Driving from Szeged you are welcomed by the compelling building of Korona Hotel, where the Conference and Cervices Centre operates. Opposite to it stands the neobaroque Bérpalota / Mansions, the most representative residential building in the town. Below its balconies you can find the second largest swallow colony of Central Europe. Walking along the main square you can find the Town Hall, built in Classicistic style which used to be the seat of Csanad County. The culture centre of Makó called Hagymaház / Onion House was built according to the plans of Imre Makovecz.
In summer, on its open-air stage are staged the Operett Festival and Music of Mako / Makói Muzsika. Today the number of the audience is more than 3000 people.
After a long, nice walk in the town we suggest to visit the Thermal Bath of Makó. Beautiful environment and pools are waiting for bathers and for those who want be cured. For more information please visit: www.hagymatikum.hu
From Makó you can go on trips to the surrounding villages. You find the Rotunda in Kiszombor, the most beautiful six-cornered church of the country, built in Roman style in the 13th century. 12 kms from Makó lies the fortified Roman Catholic church in Óföldeák, a unique monument built around 1400. In the 15th century a massive wall and circumvallation was built around the church.
The time spent in Makó is a good occasion to make one-day trips to Arad, Timisoara and Subotica.
Because of the closeness of the border, Makó is a favourable place to organize conferences and businessmen meetings with Hungarian, Romanian and Serbian participants.
Near Makó flows the river Maros, both banks are surrounded by ancient trees from the Romanian border to Szeged. One can drift downstream by boat or by kayak the whole river long, because of the slope of the river. Very nice cycling tours can be done in the surroundings, even int he Körös-Maros National Park.
The rich program offer of this liveable smalltown (Operett Festival, Music of Makó, Bath Festival, Onion Festival, Haverock Party- Rockfestival), its climate and friendly ambient offer a delightful staying for all the members of a family, for groups of friends or for camps, during a whole week.