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Various activities and festivals are organized in Gerze in certain periods. Helesa is the most important of all. The traditions of the locals form in accordance with fishing, the most rooted means of living, and the festivals are organized to bid farewell the fishers who are going to take long journeys on November 10th according to the old calendar. The same ceremony repeats to welcome those who are coming back from the trip of fishing. On the other hand, you can watch the traditional grease wrestling and join kite festival.
Gerze, one of the most beautiful districts of Sinop, is also known as the happiest district of Turkey. District has gained cittaslow title in 2017. Offering quite various accommodation options, Gerze is a town which meet the expectations of those who are looking for peace and tranquility during the holiday. You can visit the producer market on Fridays, taste local flavors and see wooden toys, model ship and tile ateliers to feel the tissue of the town.
Of course, you must sit down to the tables including fish and seafoods in this small fisher town of Black Sea and enjoy the delicious appetizers. However, the flavors of Gerze are not limited to these. You must also try zibidik roasting with yoghurt, nokulu which resembles pastry with meat and special Nuri Dede bagel with grape molasses.
Positioned on the hillside of Elma and Kose Mountains, Gerze had been established by Kaska people in BC 1400. Dominated respectively by Paphlagonia, Hittite, Phrygia, Ccimmeri, Lidya, Persian, Alexander the Great, Rome and Byzantine empires, the region stands out with being the only finding center belonging to Hittites in Sinop. Joined in Seljuq Empire in 1214, Gerze had been included in the borders of Ottoman by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1459 even though the town had been ruined by Empire of Trebizond for a period.
If you visit Gerze especially in spring or summer, then you can take a walk in the gorgeous nature of the town. You can access to Soku Plateau by going towards village route of Bayramkalfa Neighborhood of Gerze. The diversity of plants and wild life that you’ll encounter in Soku Plateau will make you admire the nature of Gerze. Besides, Sakli Koy Waterfalls, which shelters the majority of the species of butterflies in Turkey, is one of the places that you must see in Gerze. Sakli Koy is located 15 km away to the district center. Yelkentepe is also waiting for you for paragliding.
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