More free beaches to be improved in 2021

With the support of the government, there will be further developments in the popular resort area of Lake Balaton this year.

As part of the Hungarian Tourism Agency’s beach development program, two-thirds of the HUF 3 billion support will be allocated to Lake Balaton municipalities.

This year, more than 80 qualified baths and/or free beaches will be renewed nationwide before the start of the 2021 holiday season. Thanks to the support of the Hungarian Tourism Agency, some municipalities on Lake Balaton can spend HUF 80-100 million to modernize their spas and beaches, while smaller resorts will also receive HUF 30-60 million for needed developments.

In the first year of the Hungarian Tourism Agency’s beach development program, the 55 paid beaches in 40 settlements across the country received a total of HUF 2 billion to modernize their infrastructure. In 2019, another 43 free beaches received a total of HUF 4 billion, while in 2020, a total of HUF 6 billion was allocated for the renovation of a total of 170 outdoor beaches.

Of the 13 municipalities on the southern shore of Lake Balaton, Fonyód can now spend an additional HUF 180 million to modernize its six beaches after already receiving a subsidy of HUF 500 million; meanwhile, Balatonlelle has almost HUF 30 million at its disposal to improve its family-friendly Napfény Beach and Adventure Bath. 

Balatonboglár — where all beaches will be free — is primarily preparing to accommodate families with small children, and of course Szárszó, Földvár, Zamárdi and Siófok will also receive support for similar modernizations.

Tourism developments from HUF 400 million in government funding are almost finished over at Festetics Castle in Keszthely. Now, another HUF 5 billion will be invested to make the waterfront city of 20,000 inhabitants a year-round tourist destination, said Jenő Manninger, Member of Parliament for the region.

The local government will receive almost HUF 300 million alone for the modernization of Keszthely’s three beaches and for the construction of another stop for water tours.

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