|Altitude acquired/lost:||1 584 m; – 1 383 m|
|Average slope:||2 %|
|Route:||cycling, moderate difficulty|
|Season:||all seasons, most beautiful during spring|
|Starting point:||Igneada village (41.877500, 27.987500)|
|Крайна точка:||Kirklarely village (41.734722, 027.225277)|
|Road surface:||asphalt, dirt road, macadam|
This is a route around the Turkish coast and southern slopes of Strandja.
The route starts from the village İğneada. From there through the riparian (longos) forest along the lakes it reaches Sivriler village, where it turns southwest on an old asphalt road to Kashladjak village. The total distance is 20.8 km. In the first half of the road the trail smoothly ascends and overcomes a displacement of 140 meters, while in the second half is descends gently and overcomes a displacement of 320 meters. The distance from Kashladjak to the main road Vize – Kiyikyoy is 6.5 km. The road passes through hilly terrain with small ascents and descents and crosses Pabuch river at Hamidie village. On the main road the trail turns east towards Kiyikyoy, passes south of the Kiyikyoy dam and north of the dam Kazandere, and after 10 km smooth descent to 140 meters displacement, it leads to the resort. It enters the recreation place through almost completely preserved fortified gates of the VI century. Ramparts of the ancient Media are 3 meters thick and over 10 meters high. The old houses in the village are preserved in Renaissance style with the typical of decades ago atmosphere.
At a kilometer from the fortress, to the north, along the river Pabuch, is located the “St. Nicholas” rock monastery, built as early as the time of Justinian. The monastery premises are carved on three levels in the rocks. Preserved are rich ornaments on the walls and the arches.
From Kiyikyoy you can reach Vize on a new asphalt road with 36 km length, which goes mostly through woodland with fascinating panoramic views. The first 20 km of the road you go uphill to a junction (325 m asl), where you go on south and after 4 km downhill with slope of 4%, you go past Komurkyoy village, from where an ascent begins to 430 m asl and south of the plateau it again descends towards Vize (230 m asl). The ancient Bizia offers an impressive meeting with the antiquity – there are the remains of the ancient fortifications, towers, gates, churches, ancient theater. Upon entering, you continue straight to the fortress, built in 72-76 BC and rebuilt in the VI century by Emperor Justinian. Three hundred meters south of the fortress is the church “Little Saint Sophia” built in the VI century by Emperor Justinian, and converted into a mosque in 1450. Adjacent to the center is located the perfectly preserved ancient theater of the II century.
From Visa the route continues west to Pinarhisar on the road Kirklareli – Istanbul (D020). The road is busy and narrow. You drive mainly in agricultural areas and the wooded slopes of Strandja remain in the north. At 2 km from Poylari is the village of Erenler, where on the left along the road lies the tomb of the father of Ahmet from XIV century. On the road there are directional and informational signs in Turkish. From there to Pinarhisar are 5 km with minimum descent, and the Pinarhisar fortress is located on a hill in its northwest end. The traffic in the town is extremely difficult. It can be avoided if at the stadium you turn right (to the north and then west) and drive through the small streets in the new part.
To avoid the traffic you can pass the distance from Visa to Pinarhisar using an alternative route – before you exit Vize, turn left to Develi. From there, an old asphalt road passing through Cheviskyoy, Doandca and Tozakli will lead you to Pinarhisar after a total of 26 km with a maximum displacement of 120 meters.
From Pinarhisar to Kırklareli, on the D020 road the distance is 29 kilometers (approximately 3 hours) through Kaynardja, Yuzkyupdere and Kazaldzhakdere.
You enter Kırklareli along “Kulturush” street, which will lead you to the Town Hall and “Kapan Djamia” (Trap Mosque), located south of it. A little further to the south across the boulevard is the Museum of Kırklareli. To the north of the municipality, at the intersection with “Kara Umurbey” street is the mosque and the Hazarbey bath. A few crossings farther on the north, at the Yayla neighborhood, you can see some old houses in different styles. At key locations in the town there are fountains architectural monuments.
In the southern outskirts of the town (about 2 km from the center) are located the mound excavations of Kanlagechit – a Thracian settlement dated 3200 BC (near the road to Babaeski – D555) and of Ashaapanar – a Thracian settlement dated 5300 BC (along “Mahia Baba” street).