The area has been inhabited since medieval times, the name Nagh Harkan was mentioned in a document from the year 1323. The origin and meaning of the name harkány is unknown, but there are archaeological findings showing that the area was inhabited by Huns and Avars about 1000 years ago.
Since the discovery of the medical waters 150 years ago, the number of tourists visiting the spa of Harkány has reached one million people yearly. Harkány is one of the most famous city spas; a lot of places of accommodation and recreation have been built. Most of the hotels are of European standards. Harkány has a hospital for treatment of rheumatic related illnesses.