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Bulgaria / Turkey

On this final section of the Iron Curtain Trail, it will soon become apparent from the towns and villages that you pass through that you are now entering a different culture from the rest of the route.

After crossing the border from Greece near the Turkish village of Karaağaç, you soon arrive in the major regional city of Edirne.  Originally founded by the Romans, Edirne has changed hands many times over the centuries and the modern city contains several impressive historical buildings most notably the Selimiye Mosque (1575), which has the highest minaret in Turkey (70.9m).

From Edirne there is an exciting stretch of the route on the way to Kırklareli, which passes next to Lake Kayalıköy.

This route leads back towards Bulgaria along a northern curve until you cross the border again near Malko Tarnovo. Finally you follow the signs to Carevo. That takes you to the end of the Iron Curtain Trail, where you will be rewarded for all your efforts. For here, where the water is warmer than elsewhere along the Bulgarian coast of the Black Sea, you can finally relax and enjoy life on the beach.

  • 360
    Length
    KM
  • 0 - Sea Level
    at the arrival in Rezovo,
    Bulgaria
  • 83
    Highest minaret
    of Selimiye Mosque
    in Edirne

 

  • Watchtowers, Turkey/Bulgaria

    At the very end of the Iron Curtain Trail, a last reminder of the history of the divided Europe awaits cyclists. Turkish and Bulgarian watchtowers are still visible (background of the photo) on the Black Sea shores, not far from the Bulgarian settlement of Rezovo. The Rezovo River was closely controlled as the natural border between Turkey, a member of the Atlantic Alliance, and Bulgaria, a member of the Warsaw Pact. Photo credit: imagesfromBulgaria.org

  • Lokum, Turkey

    It is no accident that lokums are often called Turkish delights. According to the etymology, lokum means “mouthful” or “comfort of the throat”, which also reveals what you should expect from these confections made of sugar gel. Whatever the name, one thing is certain, whether they are flavoured with rosewater, Bergamot orange, lemon or mint, or whether or not they are dusted with icing sugar, cyclists must try lokums when they are passing through Turkey. Photo credit: u m a m i

  • Black Sea Coast, Bulgaria

    The Iron Curtain which divided Europe for four decades stopped at the Black Sea on the border between Bulgaria and Turkey, which is located near the picturesque Bulgarian village of Rezovo. Consequently, this is where EuroVelo 13 - Iron Curtain Trail ends too - in this south eastern corner of the European Union mainland. At their arrival, cyclists will deserve a rest on the inviting Black Sea beaches to recover after having ridden some – or maybe even all – of the longest EuroVelo route. Photo credit: PlamenStoev

  • Strandzha, Bulgaria / Turkey

    Strandzha Mountain massif, which is located on both sides of the Bulgarian-Turkish border, is both a cultural and natural site. The location of the area, at the junction between Europe and Asia explains why the Strandzha Mountains host such a wide diversity of plants and animals. You can find out more about the humans that once lived here too from the ruins of Thracian sanctuaries and dolmens. Photo credit: EvgeniDinev

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