Kiskunhalas is situated between Hungary\'s two greatest rivers, the Danube and the Tisza, in a sandy area known as the Homokhátság. The town lies 130 km south of the capital, Budapest. It has a population of over 30,000 and is a centre for public institutions, administration, and road and rail transport. The most special natural feature of this sun-blessed region is its sandhills. In the past Kiskunhalas was surrounded by lakes and marshes and the town\'s name (Halas = abounding in fish) reflects this.
Today only one lake of note remains - Sóstó (literally, \'Salty Lake\'), whilst the last of the marshes, the Fejeték conservation area, shelters a world of protected flora. The countryside is rich in fauna, also; it provides habitat for many protected birds, as well as roe and red deer, wild boar, rabbits, squirrels, badgers and foxes.