In the 2nd century BC, the Roman general Lucullus, who came to the ancient Cerasos, saw a delicious fruit here and carried its trees back to his country. It was there then that the cherry (Kerasus) giving Giresun its name, spread all over the world.


52 kilometers (32 miles) east of Ordu, this city is founded near the ruins of a Byzantine fortress. Situated on a cliff overlooking the Black Sea, this old castle possesses a panoramic view. Inside the city, there is a church dating to the 18th century.

Giresun on the Black Sea coast just outside the harbor there is Giresun Island which also carries remains from the earliest times. The is well known for cherries, hazelnuts and old ottoman houses and the City museum located in a former Orthodox church.

Giresun hazelnuts

Hazelnuts grown in Giresun | Photo by Jocelyn

Traveling along the road to Trabzon, the towns of Kesap, Espiye, Tirebolu, Akcaabat, Görele and Dereli stand, each having a charming atmosphere with their natural and historical beauties. A special event is the “Aksu Art and Culture Festival” for the interested ones, it’s a yearly organization held every May. Plateaus have a special role in the tourist activities of the city, as they are suitable for outdoor sports such as camping, picnicking and mountaineering. The most famous plateaus which are also suitable for winter sports are; Kümbet, Kulakkaya, Sisdagi, Karaovacik, Bektas and Egribel.

On March 29, 2006, a Total Solar Eclipse occurred in Giresun at 14:09pm local time.

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Nearest Airport
Airport Name: Ordu – Giresun Airport
Address: Alibey Adası, 52010 Gülyalı/Ordu, Turkey
Departments: Ordu Giresun Havalimanı Kapalı ve Açık Otopark
Code: OGU
Phone: +90 452 226 28 52 Serves: Ordu, Giresun

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