Giresun on the Black Sea Coast

From the city of Trabzon, going to a town of Giresun; Kavakli Rahman Camii in the town of Akcaabat, Black Sea and the coast, Giresun Island.

From the city of Trabzon, going to a town of Giresun; Kavakli Rahman Camii in the town of Akcaabat, Black Sea and the coast, Giresun Island.

Giresun Island is a small island that has an area of 4 hectares and lies 1.2 km from the Town of Giresun. In historical times, the island was likely used by 6th or 5th century BC Greek colonists from the mainland town of Giresun. An old temple on the island was in ancient times attributed to the Amazons who held religious rituals there.

Arrived in the town of Giresun and took a lunch at the Restaurant Eskina.

Arrived in the town of Giresun and took a lunch at the Restaurant Eskina.

Giresun is the provincial capital of Giresun Province in the Black Sea Region, about 175 km west of the city of Trabzon. The town of Giresun has a population of 100,712  inhabitants (2012 census).

We walked a little around the town of Giresun.

After lunch we walked a little around the town of Giresun.

Area of Giresun has a rich agriculture, growing most of Turkey’s hazelnuts as well as walnuts, cherries, leather and timber, and the port of Giresun has long handled these products.

Hill of Giresun Castle, it’s a public park today.

Hill of Giresun Castle, it’s a public park today.

Walking up to the Giresun Castle

Walking up to the Giresun Castle

Giresun castle is located on top of hill overlooking the city on the northern headland in the city.

Walls in the forest, View from the castle

Walls in the forest, View from the castle

The castle date back to the Hellenistic and Roman Period. It was built under the order of the Pontus King of Pharnakes I, 2nd century B.C.

Local pretty women, we became friends.

Local pretty women, we became friends.

They guided us in the castle.

They guided us in the castle.

The parts of the walls survived until today and bore the traces of Hellenistic and Roman period.

Top of the Giresun castle hill.

Top of the Giresun castle hill.

Harbor of Giresun from the castle hill.

Harbor of Giresun from the castle hill.

We parted from them here. “Thanks for helping us. Good-by Fatma and Emine!” Fatma replied “Hoşça kal!”  Emine said “Have a nice trip!”

Leaving the town of Giresun for the next destination Samsun.

Leaving the town of Giresun for the next destination Samsun.

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