The Șoimoș Fortress can be found near the small Romanian town of Lipova, Arad county. In order to explore the ruins of the fortress you’ll have to make a small hike on a steep path because the fortress was build on the top of a larger hill. The path to the Șoimoș Fortress starts after an abandoned house which is located next to the main road, right at the outskirts of the Șoimoș village. Usually this hike will take approximately 30 minutes including a couple of short stops.
The Șoimoș Fortress was built in the 18th century and in 1552 it was occupied by the Ottomans who turned this place into a military base. Unfortunately in 1788 the entire fortress was abandoned. Despite that its abandoned, it is still visited by a lot of tourists.
The Mureș Valley
Once you reach the fortress, the Mureș Valley is visible from up there, including the Mureș river. You can even spot the Maria Radna Monastery’s church towers.
Interior of the Șoimoș Fortress
Next to the fortress
What to visit near the Șoimoș Fortress
The Șiria Fortress – this is another old fortress located 30 km away from this place in the Zarand Mountains.
Maria Radna Monastery – this monastery is actually very close to the Șoimoș Fortress and you should check it out especially if you are in the area.