The little town of Medreseönü is quietly nestled along Black Sea coast 25 km, 15 miles, east of Fatsa, Turkey. The town gets its name from an old medrese, or Islamic Theological School, that once existed in the location of the existing elementary school. The name literally translates as “front of the school”. Today the town, and surround villages, has a population of about 2,500, and they primarily make their living from fishing and hazelnut farming. Like many of the small towns in Ordu, it has its standard markets, government buildings, elementary school, and bus station. Medreseönü also has a small harbour where fishing boats can dock and unload their catch.
Medreseönü is located along the scenic highway between Fatsa and Ordu, and one of the main attractions of the town is the restaurant Uzun Saçlı’nın Yeri or in English, “the long haired man’s place”. The restaurant specializes in seafood, but visitors can also just sit back and relax while sipping on a glass of Turkish tea watching the fisherman work on their nets.
Truthfully the town lacks some of the Black Sea Village charm found in some other towns along the coast. However, tourists looking for an authentic working Turkish fishing village then it’s worth at least stopping by for a short break during your scenic drive.