Cycling through Macedonia, Bulgaria & Greece

by tkos on September 9, 2012

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With regret, we had our skates on through Macedonia and Bulgaria, so we did not get the chance to do any justice to either of these countries. As far as Greece goes, we saw a sign at the side of the road then pointed to Greece just 2km away. So we decided to pop over for a night just before the Turkish border.

The reason for the rush was simply the season and time of year. We were hitting late September and with over 3000km to cycle before we could safely cycle in the southern Iranian sun with no threat of freezing to death in the Winter mountains, we decided to peg it.



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What we loved the most:

  • We had a fantastic time exploring Skopje in Macedonia. A national football game packed the main square whilst we were there but with a disappointing result for the home team.
  • There is not a lot between towns so the opportunity to wild camp is everywhere. There are a couple of hills but nothing to stress about.

What let the air out of tyres:

  • Feeling rushed quite simply. There is nothing in this region that you should be particularly aware of in regards to cycling through. The people are friendly but the towns can sometimes feel few and far between so plan your route.

What’s it worth:

  • On average, we spent £40.25 per day. It sounds like a lot and it is. I don’t know why as it is not particularly expensive. We wild camped a few times and couch surfed also. I suppose it just comes down to the rain and your choice of hotel!
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TownKm'sNightsWhere we slept
Skpje (Macedona)90 (from Pristina)2Hotel
Kriva Palanka (Macedonia)882Hotel
Sapareva (Bulgaria)1061Wild Camp
Septembri (Bulgaria)1031Wild Camp
Haskovo (Bulgaria)1101Couch Surf
Kastaneli (Greece)1111Wild Camp

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