Arad is a modern Romanian city located within the county of same name, on the bank of the River Mures and in the region of the Banat. This city counts with an important amount of interesting constructions, a lively night life, and with a peculiar historical past in such a way that it is a great choice for any tourist who wish to spend a vacation in Romania within the region of the Banat, regardless their age or preferences.
According to the experts on the subject, the origins of Arad a s a city can be traced back to the 11th century, when its first official mentions as such appear in several documents. During the 13th century, and due to the Mongol invasions, three different fortresses were built in this area, helping it to maintain enemies away. Despite of this, around the year 1550, this city was conquered by the Ottoman Empire, situation which endured until beginnings of the 18th century, after the Peace of Karlowitz was achieved.
Arad is considered to be among the most prosperous cities in the entire Romania. Its prosperity is based on a variety of different activities and resources, among which we can name, for example, electric components, food industry, textile industry, passenger and freight railcars, shoes industry, equipment for cars, furniture and accessories, and clothing industry among others. Besides this, this city is located at a very strategic spot in which several important trans-European roads meet.
During a vacation in this destination tourists would be able to meet several different architectural monuments, historical constructions, and other attractions. One of these attractions is the Fortified Town of Arad, This fortress was built in the 18th century in a peculiar start shaped Vauban style, and is extremely interesting not only due to its architectonic and structural characteristics but to its past and history as well.
Other interesting attraction tourists should not miss in Ara is the Administrative Palace, a construction which dates from middles of the 19th century and which shows a very clear Renaissance style. Besides this, visitors should also make sure of meeting the Neuman Palace, the Cenad Palace, the Closca Street, the Cultural Palace, and the Ioan Slavici Classical Theatre.