If you wish to spend a weekend with us, besides what we can offer here, we shall make available for you a lot of information regarding the tourist attractions you can visit in order to fill in the time. From beautiful scenery to fairytale landscapes or to people transmitting old crafts, all these shall make your holiday unforgettable.
Dear traveler, when you reach Țara Zărandului coming from Arad, remember that in one of its large towns, Ineu, you have something valuable to visit! It is a symbol of the town crossed by the river Crișul Alb: The fortress! The fortification has a unique story, told by the centuries.
At 1295, Cetatea Ineului is mentioned in the documents of the time. The strong walls of rocks made it even harder to conquer. Consequently, it became the center of a huge feudal domain.
The field of the Criș rivers meets you halfway in a clearing created to comfort your soul with its beauty. Situated near Ineu, each part of its 10 acres is enriched with white daffodils. That is why it is called the clearing with daffodils.
When you arrive in the area and you decide to visit this oasis of splendor, you only have one debt to pay to nature: to love it as it is, with its roots deeply implanted in the soil and with the little dresses of white petals on the stem. Since it is a protected area, it gives away from its excess to anyone who wants to please their eyes and to fill with its energy.
In the neighboring village, Sicula, there lives a 77 years old lady who can share with us the secrets of weaving.
The castle built in the Șiria style can be seen on the street bearing the name of the leader of the 1821 Revolution, Tudor Vladimirescu. This is a big and imposing building. Built in the Neoclassical style, it is made up of one wing, on one floor, and it comprises 30 rooms. The area facing the National Road 79A is provided with a terrace having four Doric columns, as this is the type of manor built in the field areas. The castle, together with the Bohuș domain, is placed in an area situated at the border between the old historical provinces of Banat and Crișana, an area where the cultural diversity of the inhabitants plays an important role in the definition of the region. The nobiliary domain Bohuș in Șiria witnesses a history where the former played the main role. The name of the domain derives after in 1755, when the Imperial Crown of the Habsburg Empire becomes the owner of these areas, the domain of Șiria is donated to Emericus Bohuș of Behárfalva, a member of a nobiliary family in Hungary, of Slovak origin. The Bohuș Castle was built by Baron Janos Bohuș in 1838.
The Bohuș assembly plays a significant role in the fight for the national identity of the 19th century, a movement where both János Bohuș, a senior civil servant of the Arad county, and his wife Antónia Szögény Bohuș shall participate. Antónia Szögény Bohuș is an important figure of the Hungarian public life, being remarked due to her feminist actions, to its involvement in the reformation of the Hungarian educational systemand to her support of the plastic arts and national literature. During the Revolution of 1848-1849, baroness Bohuș enthusiastically supported the troops of General Görgey Artur, supreme commander of the revolutionary army, since they were cousins. As Antónia herself wrote down in her journal, the irony of faith made the revolution receive the fatal blow right in the battle of Șiria, as the library of the Bohuș residence was the place where the treaties regarding the surrender of the Hungary revolutionary army were lead on August 13, 1849. The supreme general of the Hungarian revolutionaries, Görgey Artur and Frolov, a tsarist general of the Russian army, signed the surrender. Proving to be a real patriot, the baroness puts to risk both her social status and her own life in order to provide the necessary supplies to the Hungarian revolutionaries, convicted and put to prison by the Austrian court. Even if she remained blind in the last years of her life, her activity on the public scene went on, due to the complete dedication to her charitable activities.
At the beginning of the 20th century, the Bohuș family disappears and, thus, the assembly loses its old-times charm and begins a period of adumbration and degradation up to 1960, when it enters the suborder of the public administration of the village and it begins to function again to the benefit of the Șiria commune.
Nowadays, in the Bohuș Castle there operates the memorial museum dedicated to the Romanian writer Ioan Slavici (1848 – 1925) born in Șiria.The museum was inaugurated in 1960, it presents moments of the childhood, and the primary school years spent in Șiria, as well as the period of the studies in Arad, Timișoara, Budapest, and Wien. Thus, any visitor of the museum can discover aspects of the ample literary, poetic, and pedagogic activity of Ioan Slavici. A series of the writer's personal objects, original ones, are kept in these rooms. Among them, we can mention his desk, the living room furniture coming from his residence in Bucharest, manuscripts, and editions of his work.
In the same Bohuș castle, you can find another permanent exhibition, of the composer Emil Monția (1887 – 1965). Although he was born in Șicula, he spent a large part of his life in Șiria, living in the house located on Spiru Haret Street, no.130. This exhibition presents a series of items reflecting his life and musical activity, inspired by the wellspring of the popular creation. You can see within the exhibition both the furniture in his work room, the piano and the cello, as well as various editions of his main works: "Fata de la Cozia”, "Cercel”, "La Fântâna cu Găleată”, and so on.
In the park of the castle there can be found several artistic monuments: a bust of Ioan Slavici (1848 – 1925) and a bust of Mihai Eminescu (1850 – 1889), both performed by the artist Ioan Tolan, and the statue of Ion Russu-Șirianu (1864 – 1909), a work of the sculptor C. Bălăcescu.
- situated in the Șiria commune, 28 km far from the Arad Municipality;
- built on Dealul Cetatii (496 m);
mentioned in documents since the 13th century, the fortress was amplified in the 15th century;
- it used to be a royal fortress;
- it was inhabited by Iancu de Hunedoara, king Sigismund of Luxemburg, the Serbian oppressor George Brancovici, Matei Corvin, and the Bathory family;
- in the 1600s, it warm-heartily welcomes Mihai Viteazul's garrison;
- the role of the fortress was strategic, for defense and economy;
- the style of the fortress is Romanesque;
- to the North you can see the ruins of a massive dungeon (tower), 109 m long and 18 m wide, fitted with crenels; the dungeon and the surrounding wall are the oldest parts of the fortress;
- the exterior court had around 36-38 m, with almost intact walls; the thickness of the wall is 130 cm, and the height is 3.5 m; over the ditch situated in front of the fortress, 10 m deep and 14 m wide in certain areas, there was a mobile bridge; the total number of the fortress gates is four.
The museum, developed in a tour de force in 1988, displays archaeological items, tools, installations, documents and photos regarding the history of wine growing and wine preparation about one of the oldest vinicultural area from Romania, the Miniş - Maderat vineyard. There are credible clues talking about the performance of wine growing in this area even since Antiquity. The first documented mention of the Miniş vineyards is made in the 11th century. The cultivated area has continuously increased. Consequently, even under Turkish domination, in 1562 there are mentioned 700 hectares cultivated with vineyard, and in 1746, half a century after the institution of the Habsburg domination, there already existed more than 2,000 hectares of vineyard, a surface tripled in the 20th century.
In 1636, Prince Gheorghe Rakoczi requested that a cellar should be dug in the rock, with a capacity of 7000 hl at Mocrea, and in 1749, count Grassalkovich arranged a cellar at Miniş. In 1878, when the wine production was consistent, the first concrete tanks were built. In 1881 there was founded the School of Viticulture, training specialists in the field. Nurseries were created at Pauliş-Baratca, Ceala, and Târnova, two large vineyard centers were developed at Miniş and Baratca, and a research center was founded. The wines bearing a registered designation of origin, produced here, are red from the type Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Burgund, as well as white, of the type Italian Riesling, Furmint, Muscat Ottonel.
Since 1744, in the Miniş-Covăsânţ area there is produced the sweet wine of Cadarca. The most important acknowledgment of its quality dates since 1862, when at the International Exhibition in London a red sweet wine from Miniş was called "the king of wines". During the communist period, there began the intensive reorganization and operation of the vineyards, and quality became less and less important than quantity. After 1989, after the retrocession of the vineyard fields, the production decreased, and the projects designed to restore the area from an economic and tourist point of view were started.
The Sebiș Museum holds some very old items. It is so full of stories that they pile as much as possible between the four walls of the building. Once you enter the rooms, you can feel the air crowded with the magic of the whispers that each item tells you leisurely. Here you are, for example, the story of the chest belonging to the one and only hedgehog tamer.
When you arrive at the Sebiș Museum, please have a close look at this immortal chest. Here and there, you shall find the scratches made by the little claws of the hedgehogs during the training. Even so, the story of the chest does not end here. In 1927, Stepan dies of typhoid, and the chest remains without a purpose. However, despite its condition, the number of the chest owners does not decrease. On the contrary, it increases with some figures. As the adventure continues until World War 2, when we lose track of the chest. However, if you come close to it and carefully listen to its whispers, I am sure it shall tell you in detail what it saw and lived.
At Căsoaia, the hand of the artist entirely completed the work of art, and it involves several operations. After the block of limestone is grossly jacked with the help of a special hammer, involving the risk of an inappropriate carving and thus of an irrecoverable loss of material, the next step is the more and more delicate processing, either by uniformly exfoliating each layer on all parts, or by chipping the figure, first of all from the front. During this process, there also occur digging surfaces that do not depend only on the form of the instrument, but also on the texture of the used rock, and such surfaces can contribute to the aesthetic effect. In this park, you can distinguish two of the three large fields of sculpture: sculpture in the round and reliefs; the third one, the sculptural decoration - subordinate to architecture - cannot be found at Căsoaia. We can find these styles here since its parts are modeled in three dimensions and the volumes develop in space, as they do not adhere to a plane surface. The relief, the less developed at Căsoaia, is a remarkable work describing plastic representations developed on one plane only, and the former adhere to a support. It is hard to find the criteria that allow us to classify the art collection at Căsoaia, achieved within seven years, in a referencing system.
When you put your foot in Țara Zarandului, you feel like in a fairytale world. Short trees with spherical, fluffy treetops that seem like toys from the distance. The fertile, dark brown soil and the emerald-green grass with yellow shades make your eyes shine and make you dream. The entire trip from Ineu to Buteni has this effect. The storks and the eagles that you can glimpse from time to time bring this delicate and innocent landscape to life.
Once arrived in Buteni, you can knock on one of the iron gates in order to discover another world, a simple and alert world, the world of the villager. Or, if you want to see remains of the traditions and old customs, please visit the Village Museum of Buteni. Situated in a green area, surrounded by nature (even the path is filled with grass), it greets you with grandeur due to the large and old items in the museum yard.