Szólád is located in the northwestern part of Outer Somogy, south of Balatonszárszó, at latitude 46° 17′, longitude 17° 51′ east of Greenwich. This area, which is the north-eastern part of the Transdanubian hills, is so different in structure, topography, climate, vegetation and soil conditions from the area to the south, which is known as Inner Somogy, that it can be classified as a central landscape because of the land characteristics. The administrative boundaries of the village are Balatonőszöd in the northwest, Teleki in the west, Kötcse in the south, Kereki in the east, Kőröshegy in the northeast and Balatonszárszó in the north. Its distance from the southern shore of Lake Balaton is 3.5 km. The average altitude of the inner part of the village in relation to the Baltic sea level varies from 112,5 to 150 m, the highest point of the outer part of the village east of the Nezde valley is 283 m. The broader environment of the micro-region under study is separated by sharp boundaries from the bordering pool of Lake Balaton which is connected to the shore of Lake Balaton by denudation steps between Balatonboglár and Siófok. The southern boundary of this larger region is marked by the Kapos valley, bordered to the east by the Tolna ridge and to the south of that by the Zselic hills. The natural border to the west is formed by the eastern edge of the Nagyberek in the Fonyód area. This larger autonomous territorial unit covers an area of 2884 km2.