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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.


  • Burial Tombs of Mikri Doxipara-Zoni, Greece

    The burial tombs of Mikri Doxipara-Zoni are located in the municipality of Kyprinos which used to belong to the area of ancient Thrace. Close to the villages Mikri Doxipara and Chelidona, this archaeological site is well worth a visit. The tumulus dates back from the 2nd Century AD and has been constructed to cover the ashes of four members of a rich family and their horses. Five wagons which were used to transport the dead bodies as well as numerous offerings including weapons, jewelry, bronze and wooden items have been found in the area. The site can be visited all year long for free.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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)

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

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