The historic town of Giresun, 45km east of Ordu, was founded more than 2000 years ago as the Greek colony of Cerasus (Kerasos). Because its ancient name means 'cherry' in Greek, the town is credited with introducing cherries to Europe. Today, however, the ubiquitous hazelnut (fındık) drives Giresun's economy. The climate in these parts is perfect for the humble nut and the area has Turkey's finest orchards. Note the bronze statue of hazelnut pickers in the town centre.
At the centre is Giresun Merkez, an open square on the coast road. Don't confuse it with the square with a clock tower a few hundred metres to the west. The town hall is on the inland side of the square; the cobbled pedestrian main drag, Gazi Caddesi, climbs uphill from here.
In May Giresun holds the International Giresun Aksu Festival, which ends with a trip around tiny Giresun Island, just 1.5km off the eastern end of Giresun Bay.