Welcome to Giresun
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.