Caka Beach, Ordu, Turkey 

Ordu province is located at the foot of a verdant hill, and is one of the calmest and greenest areas along the Black Sea coast of Turkey. Ordu has a mild climate with cool summers and moderate winters with lots of rain. Due to its rainy weather, the land is fertile, with vegetable and fruit gardens and wide forests covering the whole area, combining the green with the blue. Caka beach is a popular beach for locals to swim in the Black Sea.

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 tasty specialty. Other major sources of income in Ordu are fishing and agriculture. Ordu’s cuisine is mostly based on anchovy and vegetables.

The history of the city dates back to the 7th century BC. Then Romans and Trebizond Kingdom in Pontus ruled the area until a branch of Turkic Oghuz tribe came to Ordu in the 14th century AD, forming the Haci Emir Principality. During the Ottoman Empire Ordu remained as a district of Trabzon province, then after the Republic it became a province itself.

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