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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,

  • 689
  • 227 kinds of birds
    in the Kerekini Lake Park,
  • 25 km
    the former Greek
    "Surveillance area"
    along the Iron Curtain.


  • Ustra Fortress, Bulgaria

    During the Middle Age, the Ustra Fortress was one of the highest strongholds in the Rhodope Mountains. At 1,114 meters altitude, the foundations of the fortress remain a formidable sight. Built during the 10th Century, this stronghold is located on top of a steep rocky mountain. Visitors can nowadays take a look at the three remaining towers and at the impressive 113 metres long outer wall. Photo credit: mitko_denev (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.

  • 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

  • Evros River, Greece / Turkey / Bulgaria

    Evros River (or Maritsa River) which flows from the Rila mountains in Bulgaria to the Aegean Sea is the natural border between Greece and Turkey on more than 200 kilometers. The river forms a vast delta of 188 km2 next to Alexandroupolis. This delta has a high diversity of habitats including lagoons, fresh water lakes and sandy islets. This protected wetland is nowadays home to numerous bird species which can be observed all year long. Photo credit: Dimitris Siskopoulos

  • Certified EuroVelo Route
  • Developed route with EuroVelo signs
  • Developed route
  • Route under development
  • Route at the planning stage

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