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.
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