A few years ago we started realizing how beautiful our small city is and what a rich history it has. Also, we noticed that the local authorities do not really care about its tourism, although Arad is placed on the IVth Pan-European Corridor (kind of Route 66 of Europe) and could attract a lot of tourists from the ones who travel on this important roadway.
That’s why we, a group of young (and awesome!) guys, decided to do something for the city. In 2013, we started planning about making a Free Tours project in Arad. First, we started gathering in pubs do discuss about the concept of free tours, which already was popular worldwide, and after a few meetings we decided it was time to make a move.
In June, the same year, we launched Arad Free tours, a project born from the city’s need of touristic guides and from our will of sharing our love for the town and knowledge of its history. Before starting to make tours, we had a small and lovely training on local history, basic architecture and communication skills. Also, we’ve stuffed our minds with fun facts about Arad, and now we are ready to welcome our visitors.
Since 2013 we had tours with hundreds of people from all over the world, from every continent (still, no one from Antarctica. Yet!) and we are still counting! All you have to do if you want a tour in Arad is to write us or call us and we’ll be yours for two hous. As easy as that!
The project was initiated in the first month of 2013, and for two years the subjects of it were Arad’s unique history and architecture. Since December 2014, the topics covered on the site have been diversified, appearing two new categories of information – culture and community. Thus, since the end of 2014 , the blog has a new visual identity and a broader horizon in terms of post subjects, the main topics being the history, culture , heritage and community.
The initiator of this project and the one who still coordinates it is Eugen Rogojan. He’s also the co-founder of Arad Free Tours, he worked for a year with the Ghidul Arădean magazine, and now has regular column in the Monitorul Cultural Magazine.
Given that this projects values and the values and objectives of Alternative Tourism Association correspond with eachother, walking – basically, the same line, since December 2015 Blog Arădean is somehow “adopted” by the Alternative Tourism Association, becoming project supported by the Association.
„The Green Arrow”
Starting june 2017, “The Green Arrow”, a tram older than 100 years old, travels again. Every Sunday morning, starting 9 o’Clock, from Arad to Ghioroc (25 km), on the oldest electrified railway in Europe – and the 7th oldest in the world. Starting july 2017, the ones who guide the “Green Arrow Tour” are the Arad Free Tours’ volunteers.
The price of a ticket for “The Green Arrow” Tour is 20 lei (less than 5EUR/~5USD). It includes the trip with the Green Arrow from Arad to Ghioroc, the entrance at the Arad Transports Museum and the Vineyard and Wine Museum from Ghioroc and the return trip with a tram.
If you want to see how a century-old tram looks like, to feel how our grandparents traveled between Arad and the villages in the Arad-vineyard (Podgoria), if you want to see the old recovery station of the line Arad-Podgoria or to find out the history of wine in Arad County, all you have to do is visit the sageataverde.ro/en site and book a tour for “The Green Arrow Tour”. We’ll be waiting for you at the Maximilian (Kaufland Micălaca ) tram station in Arad, every sunday at 9 o’Clock!
The “Green Arrow” Tour is organised by the Arad County Council, in a partnership with the Alternative Tourism Association, through the Arad Free Tours project.