At the foot of a verdant hill, is this province
of Ordu, one of the calmest and greenest sites along the Black Sea coast. Due to
its rainy climate, the land is fertile, with vegetable and fruit gardens, and
wide forests covering the whole area.
On the road to Samsun, there is the town of Unye,
77 kms west of Ordu, which is an attractive fishing village. There are clean,
beautiful beaches to enjoy the restful atmosphere, and extensive hazelnut
plantations, typical of the region. At this site with purple rock formations are
historical tombs carved into the rock which remain from the early Romans. Also
an 18th century townhall building, an outstanding sight.
Fatsa is another little town famed for its
hazelnut gardens, and nearby are the ruins of a fortress named Bolaman Castle
and the Byzantine Jason Church now converted to an archeological museum.
Previously named "Cotoyora", the ancient city of
Ordu carries signs more recent; the Pasaoglu Mansion which belonged to a wealthy
and influential family of the 19th-century, and holds signs of the life style
once maintained; and an especially remarkable church dating back to the
A distinct characteristic of Ordu is its being
the center of hazelnut production. The Golden Hazelnut Festival held in
September is hosted by this city, and the local chocolate-nut confection is a
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