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Even if the Greek section of the Iron Curtain Trail is short, cyclists have the opportunity to cycle through the former "ΕπιτηρούμενηΖώνη" ("Surveillance Area"), a highly-militarised area following the Bulgarian-Greek border.
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During the Cold War, owning land or driving a car in this area was forbidden and passing through this 25 km wide strip of land was only possible upon the presentation of a special military passport.  The Pomaks, a Bulgarian-speaking minority living in Northern Greece, were a victim of this military policy since they traditionally lived throughout this border region.

 

After crossing this former border – where access is of course now allowed – EuroVelo 13 goes into the lively village of Petrota before returning to the Republic of Bulgaria, on the other side of the former Iron Curtain.

EuroVelo 13 goes into the lively village of Petrota.


The troubled history of Greece in the 20th century led to the development such high security along the border.  After having been occupied by the Axis forces during the Second World War, Greece fell into a bloody Civil War between Communists and anti-Communist forces. The help provided through the American Marshall Plan put an end to the Civil War, and the election of Field Marshal AlexandrosPapagos in 1952 allowed Greece to join the NATO.  Due to events in Cyprus, Greece withdrew from NATO in 1974 but joined it again in 1980.  Despite this, Greece remained on the “Western” side of the Iron Curtain until its fall.

National Coordination Centre

National Eurovelo Coordination Center for Greece

The Greek National EuroVelo Coordination Centre has just created a new website. It provides information related to all three EuroVelo routes in Greece although the focus to begin with is on EuroVelo 13 - Iron Curtain Trail.

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    National Eurovelo Coordination Center for Greece

    The Greek National EuroVelo Coordination Centre has just created a new website. It provides information related to all three EuroVelo routes in Greece although the focus to begin with is on EuroVelo 13 - Iron Curtain Trail.

    Route description Electronic maps / GPS tracks Printed material Public transport connections Cycle friendly services (accommodation, cafes, restaurants etc.) Bike rental facilities Bookable offers Points of interest / attractions etc. Cycle Events

    available in en / el

    http://eurovelo.gr/en/eurovelo13/

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    Visit Greece

    The national tourism body provides a good overview of the three EuroVelo routes in Greece. It identifies the touristic highlights on each route and provides links to further information.

    Route description Points of interest / attractions etc.

    available in en / el

    http://www.visitgreece.gr/en/touring/by_bicycle/eurovelo_routes_in_greece