Pâncota is a town in Arad County, western Transylvania, Romania, the town is situated at a 37 km distance from the county capital (Arad), in the central zone of the county, at the contact zone of the Aradului Plateau and Zărandului Mountains, the administrative territory of the town is 70,9 square km. The rural settlement called Măderat also belongs to Pâncota.
The first mention in documents of the locality dates back to 1202-1203 when it was known as villa Pankota.
The centre of the town was ravaged by the invaders for several times. The Turks captured the town repeatedly, in 1687 it got under the administration of the Hapsburg empire, while in 1867 under Austrian-Hungarian administration, and it had belonged to it until the Great Union in 1918.
The town's present-day economy can be characterized by a powerful dynamic force with significant developments in all the sectors. Industry of building materials, furniture industry, light industry, food industry, services and tourism are the most representative economic sectors. Pâncota is an important centre of vineyards and vine, it is well-known in the country as well as abroad.
Among the most significant touristic sights of the town we have to mention the urban environs along the Tudor Vladimirescu street, the old post office, the "Schulkovschy" palace and the Matca channel - an important hydrotechnical work.