Looking at a map Perşembe is probably the easiest of the districts in Ordu to find. Jutting majestically out into the Black Sea, this district includes the majority of the peninsula portion of the province. Much of Ordu’s natural beauty is encompassed within its borders. Lush green forests, rocky cliffs battered by dark blue surf, and mountain streams fed with cold clean spring water give evidence to its Creator’s power and genius. All it takes is a ride down the coastal highway to restore calm and peace in an otherwise busy and hurried life. Those looking to experience culture and history there is plenty to satisfy with ancient mythological ruins to quaint fishing villages. In the summer months, locals and visitors enjoy many of the beautiful and well-kept beaches. A lot of these things can be experience on the western coast of Turkey, but Perşembe offers something a little different. It offers an adventure that is mostly untouched by globalization of the world, simply something very Turkish.
Peşembe is a participant in a global campaign, Cittaslow, aimed at protecting regional heritage and culture. The word, Cittaslow, is a play on words from both Italian and English and essentially means the slow city. Perşembe is committed to preserving their way of life by adopting traditional means of producing crops (primarily organic) and fishing. Organic fresh vegetables and fruits can be found in the many open air markets. Keep in mind that means if it’s not in season, you won’t find it. Fresh fish is also plentiful and during the fall and winter months hamsi, anchovy, is a popular local dish.
The city center of Perşembe is fairly moderate in size with a posted population of over 30,000. Residents primarily earn their living from fishing and farming especially hazelnuts and kiwi. Its close proximity to the City of Ordu means that some residents can also commute to the city for work. The town is large enough for a couple of hotels and some good restaurants. I have found the town to be slow paced, and I have enjoyed taking a stroll along the waterfront and stepping to one of the few family tea gardens for a couple glass of Turkish tea.
The coastal road in Perşembe is unofficially, or maybe officially, designated as a scenic highway. The highway hugs the coast with tight corners and an occasional old tunnel. I already mentioned the scenery, but it also offers one of the best roads for motorcycles. The asphalt is of great quality, for Turkish standards, and the sweeping turns allow for fast and exciting riding (of course safely) On the weekends you can find many fellow riders taking in the perfect riding conditions.
Check out some of the adventures available in Perşembe