he Medves nestle in the shadows of their bigger brothers, the Mátra, the Bükk and the Slovak ranges. The finger could easily slid across the area when seeking a destination on a map. Yet anyone who once sees the Medves will never forget the enchanting panorama, which plateau and basalt columns lay before the eyes, will never forget the countless visual and natural wonders bestowed on the area.

It is especially rich in geological features. The plateau is the most extensive basalt plateau in the whole of Central Europe, 550 metres above sea level. Walking across it gives the impression of being on a steppe. Above the pastures skylarks sing, on the ground sheep and cattle graze, swallows dart in the air, the only sounds to be heard in the great silence.

Although the area is small, its plateau, its gullies running North and South, its shadily beach woods, birch groves, grass among the rocks and rivulets make for exceptional variety.

In the Tarna Valley in the foothills of the Medves are the three settlements of Cered, Szilaspogony and Zabar. Cosy accommodation with a family atmosphere, restaurants specialising in the local dishes, and friendly people await the visitor.