Gülyalı is the Ordu’s most eastern district, or ilçe, and borders with the province of Giresun. In Ordu, as with most areas in Turkey, each district is named after it’s largest city. The name of the town translates to mean rose seaside manor. Well, I haven’t found any roses but it is definitely located on the coast and is connected by the coastal highway that runs along early the entire Black Sea coast. As the picture of the road depicts, the town is small with a posted population, nüfüs, of 9100 people.
The town consists of the essentials of any district town. It has a government office building, a bank, a school, a couple of grocery stores, a gas station and a few other small business. Most of the people in the district make their living from fishing and farming hazelnuts. However, it is located relatively close to the City of Ordu and some people commute to the city for work too.
Most people may pass through the district without even noticing. However that is about to change. The Turkish government is building a regional airport scheduled to be completed at the end of March 2015 (but I am not holding my breath that it will be completed on time). This airport is being build on a man-made island off the coast of Gülyalı, and when completed it will be the 3rd airport of its kind in the world. It is constructed completed on a man-made island in the Black Sea. It is expected that this airport will provide the economic boost that Ordu needs to provide jobs and bring in new investments. The new airport will definitely have an impact on this little town.
Speaking with a local resturant owner there are big plans for a new park that will bring tourists to the town. The plan is to build a “Chocolate Park” where chocolate companies can sell and showcase their products. Of course most of these chocolate treats are made from hazelnuts from Ordu. As locals say, “bakalım” (we’ll see). Of course it’s said with a slightly doubtful tone.
There are adventures to be had in Gülyalı, and we plan on sharing some of them with you.