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Bulgaria / Greece

The route now takes you through a grassy lowland plain. To the right you can see the Belasica Mountains, to the left the Ograzden Mountains. In the Middle Ages, the Bulgarian town of Petric at the foot of the Belasica mountain range served as a stronghold in the wars with Byzantium. Today it is a centre for the processing of tobacco, fruit and vegetables.

If you are feeling adventurous, you can continue beyond Goce Delchev, climbing several metres up and passing through abandoned villages and empty landscapes. If you prefer an easier ride, you can opt for an alternative route. Goce Delchev lies in a long valley framed by massive mountain ranges.

Welcome to a different culture sphere: a quick side-trip to Turkey

The trail continues along paths lined by pinewoods towards Dospat. You are now in the region of the Pomaks, Bulgarian-speaking Muslims.  Dospat nestles on a slope, with the minaret of a mosque rising between tall buildings. You continue through Smoljan and Zlatograd, the southernmost town in Bulgaria situated in the Rhodope Mountains. After passing Ivajlovgrad, the trail now briefly enters Greek territory, passing the picturesque town of Petrotá with its bright, well-kept buildings and gardens,

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  • 227 kinds of birds
    in the Kerekini Lake Park,
    Greece
  • 25 km
    the former Greek
    "Surveillance area"
    along the Iron Curtain.

 

  • Moussaka, Greece

    Even though the moussaka is cooked in many Mediterranean countries, the Greek version of that dish seems to be the most famous. In this country, moussaka means an eggplant (zucchini, potatoes or artichokes could also be used) and ground meat dish covered with a thick layer of béchamel sauce. As the Iron Curtain Trail passes through Greece, cyclists will have the opportunity to enjoy it in its “home country”. Photo credit: Joana Petrova

  • Dadia National Park, Greece

    The National Park of Dadia – Lefkimi – Soufli Forest is located in Southeastern Greece in Rodopi mountains. Thanks to its location at the point where the European and Asian continents meet, the park is home to numerous species which can be found on both continents and in the Balkan Peninsula as well. Located along a major route for birds, the forest is also known to be inhabited by rare bird species, including three of the four European species of vultures. Photo credit: taver

  • Pirin National Park, Bulgaria

    The Pirin National Park is a 27,000 ha area of wilderness in the Pirin Mountains in the southwest of Bulgaria. Over 70 glacial lakes, numerous waterfalls and caves as well as extensive coniferous forests combine to create wonderful mountain landscapes. Crossing this natural reserve at an altitude between 1,000 and 3,000 m or simply admiring its alpine meadows, rocky screes and summits from the Iron Curtain Trail is an unforgettable experience. Photo credit: javiersanp (Flickr)

  • Fort Lisse, Greece

    Fort Lisse is a fortress on the Greek – Bulgarian border, belonging to the Greek defense line, the Metaxas Line. Due to its location, the fort served as a bulwark against Bulgaria, both during World War Two and the Cold War. Nowadays, tourists can visit a museum which gathers Greek and German soldiers’ belongings. Simulation games take place in the fort as well.

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