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

 

  • Fort Roupel, Greece

    Located at the very begining of the Greek section of EuroVelo 13 in Greece, Fort Roupel is a Greek fortress which has been built in 1914. Because of its location at the Bulgarian – Greek border, this fort has been included in the 1930s in the Metaxas Line, the Greek line of defense. This choice has proven judicious since it contributed to stop the German-Bulgarian invasion of Greece in 1941. After World War Two fort Roupel remained of crucial importance as a part of the Iron Curtain between West and East, between Greece and Bulgaria. Nowadays, the army organises guided tours in the fortress. Photo credit: Vlas2000

  • 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)

  • 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

  • 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

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

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