Pearl of the Black Sea
Giresun, the pearl of the Black Sea Region, is a beautiful coastal city where green and blue converge. Settled on peninsula embracing the sea, you can see every shade of green and have the opportunity to be in touch with nature in the plateaus.
The name of Giresun was “Kerasus” in ancient times. According to one source, the name refers to “cherry”, which grows abundantly in the vicinity; while another source claims that it has derived from the word “keras” which means “horn” because the peninsula stretches like a horn into the sea. Giresun hosted Romans, Byzantines, Greeks, Çepni Turkmens, Genoese, and on 15 August 1461, Fatih Sultan Mehmet conquered the city, annexing it to the Ottoman territory.
Giresun, “Capital of Hazelnut, Motherland of Cherry”, carries the traces of all civilizations established on it from ancient times to modern times with civil architecture example houses, mosques and tombs, churches and monasteries, its castle dating back to 160 CE located on the hill overlooking the city, and its island where people can live on and known with Amazonian Women and Golden Post Legends.
If you happen to visit Giresun in July, you can taste cherries in their homeland. It is accepted that the first cherry trees were brought to Europe by the Roman general Lucullus from Giresun.
Giresun offers its visitors many alternatives in terms of tourism with its geographical location, mild climate in the coastal areas and continental climate in the inner parts, being suitable for all kinds of winter and nature sports, historical richness and natural beauties, as well as handicrafts, fishing and hunting opportunities, and green plateaus.