In the 2nd-century BC, the Roman general
Lucullus, who came to the ancient Cerasos, saw a delicious fruit here, and
carried its trees back to his country. It was there then that the cherry (Kerasus)
giving Giresun its name, spread all over the world.
52 kms east of Ordu, is this city founded near
the ruins of a Byzantine fortress. Situated on a cliff overlooking the sea, this
old castle possesses a panoramic view. Inside the city, there exists a church
dating to the 18th century.
Just outside the harbor, is Giresun Island which
also carries remains from the earliest times. The ruins of a temple, built by
the Amazons to whom the island is said to have belonged, can be seen here in
addition to a Byzantine Monastery.
Travelling along the road to Trabzon, the towns
of Kesap, Espiye, Tirebolu, Akcaabat, Gorele and Dereli stand, each having a
charming atmosphere with their natural and historical beauties. A special event
is the "Aksu Art and Culture Festival" for the interested ones, which is a
yearly organization held every May. Plateaus have a special role in the tourist
activities of the city, as they are suitable for camping, picnicking and
mountaineering. are the most famous pletaus of are also suitable for winter
sports Kumbet, Kulakkaya, Sisdagi, Karaovacik, Bektas and Egribel.
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