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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.

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  • 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

  • Baklava, Turkey

    There are so many things to try and enjoy during the short section of EuroVelo 13 in Turkey that you will have to make a selection. And Baklava must definitely be near the top of your list. These sweet cakes are made with layers of filo pastry, nuts and honey or syrup and were probably created in the kitchens of the Topkapı Palace in Istanbul for the Ottoman Sultan. Even now, centuries after the fall of his Empire, Baklava are still delicious.

  • 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

  • Selimye Mosque, Edirne, Turkey

    Along the road which winds between Greece, Bulgaria and Turkey, do not miss the wonderful city of Edirne, the former Ottoman capital. The magnificent Selimiye Mosque with its four slender minarets and its decorated dome, is well worth a visit. Inscribed by UNESCO on the world heritage list, the Mosque will make cyclists' stay in Turkey short but memorable.

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