Pécs is everyone’s second favourite town after Budapest, with a strong religious and scholarly heritage (Hungary’s first university was founded here in 1367). It’s remarkable history, is summarised by its landmark mosque, synagogue and cathedral and clutch of fascinating Roman-era finds. The surrounding Mecsek hills help create a warm microclimate in the Pécs basin where vineyards thrive.

Pécs is a small and navigable town, its cultural attractions concentrated in the Belváros (Old Town), radiating outwards from Széchenyi tér: start with the synagogue by Kossuth tér, then head through charming Jokai tér towards the leafy western side, where you’ll find the magnificent Peter and Paul cathedral.

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