Visit Giresun - Best of Giresun

One of Turkey’s hidden gems is the city of Giresun. Tucked away in the northeast corner of the country with the Black Sea for company, Giresun is often eclipsed by its more glamorous and popular cousin, Istanbul. Quite unlike the cosmopolitan Turkish hub, Giresun sees fewer visitors but this quaint little town is one place that you should not overlook on your visit to Turkey. Giresun is named after the Greek word for cherry ‘Kerasous’. In the ancient days, this city used to export cherries from its orchards to Europe. Now it is known for both its cherry and hazelnut production. Giresun’s natural beauty has made its name popular in the whole world. The mountainous area surrounding this city is full of mineral water springs with medicinal properties. Locals and tourists often come here to cure themselves of various diseases. Giresun has around eight beaches equipped for swimming and other water sports. Giresun has a long and daring history associated with it. The island just off the city’s coastline, also known as Giresun Island, currently has the remains of a temple and other buildings. These were said to have been built by the Amazons, a powerful, all-female tribe of warriors who had unleashed a reign of terror on the Black Sea. This island is testimony to the fact that Giresun had been involved in European trade for a long period in history. The Giresun Castle was built around the same time to protect the city from pirates and looters. The sea port is a gift from the Ottoman rulers who developed Giresun as a port city. Its importance rose towards the end of the 19th century and by the beginning of the 20th century, countries like England, France, Italy and Germany has agencies to manage their trade with Turkey. A visit to Giresun may not be an experience like visiting Istanbul or Ankara. It is more open, unrefined yet exotic in its ways. And for reasons more than one, it has featured in the list of destinations when visiting Turkey.

Giresun Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Giresun tips for your visit

  • Time zone: UTC +02.00
  • Currency: Turkish Lira
  • Language: Turkish, Kurdish, Arabic, Zazaki, English
  • Electricity: 220V, 50Hz
  • Internet: Most hotels offer free Wi-Fi. Some cafes and restaurants have free Wi-Fi policy as well.
  • Security: Emergency number (police): 155
  • Ambulance: 112
  • Coast guard: 158
  • Tourism info: 170
  • Tipping: 10% for most services.
  • Prepare for the weather when visiting.
  • Modern clothes are seen in the city’s fashion. Be fully clothed when stepping out into the city.
  • Do not wear flashy beachwear.

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Facts and Stats for Giresun*

  • Pollution Statistics in Giresun

    Know the pollution level of Giresun before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 8.33 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 50 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 8.33 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 50 (Moderate)
  • Living in Giresun - Quality of Life

    • Pollution Index 32.76 (Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Giresun

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Giresun

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.11 USD
    • International Movie per seat 2.45 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 18.98 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 40.9 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 25.36 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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