Fournoi, or Fournoi Korseon as they are properly called, is a complex of small islands between Ikaria, Samos and Patmos. The largest islands are the Main Island (Fournoi) and Thymena, whereas there a number of smaller islands/islets like Thymenaki, Alatsonissi, Agios Minas, Anthopofagos (Mikros, Megalos), Makronissi, etc.
Only the Main Island and Thymena are inhabited and most of the people live in the Port, next door in Kampi and at the north side of the island in Chryssomilia. Thymena also hosts a small settlement.
The highlights of Fournoi are the excellent, small beaches, the crystal clear turquoise waters, the relaxed atmosphere of quiet vacations, the fresh fish, the live lobsters and the friendly hospitality of the people.
Fournoi has started to become a popular travel destination for those who seek the above and require quiet vacations. You will be amazed by how many Italians you will find there in August. At earlier times Fournoi used to be the hiding place of Pirates roaming in the Aegean and the Mediterranean, mainly due to its many gulfs (fjords).
Currently Fournoi have a few hotels, apartments, rooms, studios, etc. to choose from.
what do I need to see in Fournoi
Port – The main village of the island and the center of activity. It is a small port filled with fishing boats that everyday bring a load of fresh fish and other sea food to the few taverns/restaurants. You will see everybody strolling around in the small pier and seaside road. There, apart from the taverns, you will find nice cafes serving breakfast, coffees and homemade sweets.
From the middle of the Port commences the main street leading to the square. On this street you will find all the shops, the Pharmacy, the ATMs and some taverns. At the end you will reach the main square with its tall trees, which give resemble the scenery of a mountain village. There you will find an old coffee place serving sweets under the trees and the bakery which makes excellent pies and cheese bread. Be there early in the morning otherwise you will find nothing to eat.
The main square is ideal for a relaxing afternoon coffee and a light dinner. If you are lucky you may participate also in local festivities held there.
On the far left side of the Port there is a small beach where you can swim if the weather keeps it clear and with no waves. By walking 10′ from the far right side of the Port you will find another small beach called Psili Ammos. Kampi is a small settlement just outside the Port, where you can find some rooms to let and a nice beach. Leave your car by the windmills and take the footpath down to the beach.
This area has hotels, apartments, rooms, studios, etc. to choose from.
Beaches – Every morning many boats leave the port and take you to various beaches of the island, to Chryssomilia and Thymena. These daily trips leave around 10-11am and return in the afternoon (4-5pm). We suggest that you should take the boat to Thymena and also to other beaches of the island.
Most beaches are accessible by car through the dirt roads, which are not so rough but they deserve attention and careful driving. All the beaches have crystal clear blue and turquoise waters. At first we suggest the beaches of Elidaki and Petrokopio, where you will find an ancient marble quarry and the remains of half-finished columns. The name Petrokopio also denotes the use of the area (Petro=Petra=Stone, Kopio=Kopi=Cut). Probably the best beach of the island is Vlychada with its excellent waters and landscape. Vitsilia I would suggest as number 2 best beach of the island due to its rocky landscape. Finally the beaches at Agios Ioannis, Agrelidi and Koumara are nice and quiet.
Chryssomilia – This is the northern village of the island. It is a quiet and small fish village ideal for secluded vacations. Apart from the fresh fish, the inactivity and the complete relaxation there is not much to do here. It offers nice views of the island and good food.
You can reach Chryssomilia by boat from the Port and by car, but the dirt road is bumpy and difficult. On the way to Chryssomilia by car you will see the beach of Bali, which is worth a quick swim. While at Chryssomilia you can swim at the small port and at the beach of Agia Triada.
Thymena – A small island with less than 100 inhabitants and two beaches which definitely worth a swim. Especially the 2nd beach offers a unique landscape. Check out the tavern by the seaside and the coffee shop at the top of the village. What you will appreciate the most is the cool people and the friendly hospitality. The boats from the Port of Fournoi will take you every morning to Thymena and then return you by the afternoon.
More information about Fournoi on wikipedia, here.
hints & tips about Fournoi
- Most of the beaches in Fournoi are very quiet, with only a few swimmers and adequate space for you to relax and feel alone. You will also find nudists in more secluded beaches.
- Fournoi are ideal for quiet family vacations since it offers excellent small beaches, few cars and other dangers for the kids, very good food and accommodation at reasonable prices.
- It is said that Fournoi host one of the largest fishing boat fleets in the Aegean.
- Every morning check out the fresh fish arriving by the fishing boats at the Port. Talk to the local fishermen and reserve your food for lunch or dinner. They will weigh it for you and have it prepared at the agreed time.
- You have to try the local fresh fish, lobster and other seafood delicacies, traditionally prepared with fresh materials.
- You will taste one of the best lobster spaghettis ever or a boiled or charcoaled lobster excellently prepared. Also fish soup (kakavia) is a local specialty. Any type of fish in Fournoi is fresh and they can prepare it for you on charcoal, boiled or fried.
- Fish food is relatively cheap compared to other islands and this is mainly due to the fact that there are lots of fish in these islands.
- If you are tired of eating fish you can try meat at the tavern on the way to the main square and also in the main square at night. There is also a small “fast-food” serving nice pizzas, sandwiches and burgers with homemade bread.
- Take your nice breakfast by the port, with the handmade toasts and the nice coffees. If you feel that you need something sweet check out the handmade sweets at the cafe close by.
- The highlight of the afternoon coffee or the evening sweet is the old coffee place at the main square. Relax under the big trees and enjoy the nice sweets and the soft ice-cream. Every few days they put on a different taste.
- If you are into drinks and bars then Fournoi is not the right place for you. There is one bar at the windmill, at the far right of the Port (while looking at the sea). From up there you will have an overview of the Port.
- There are 1-2 beaches with umbrellas, sunbeds and a small tavern (e.g. Petrokopio).
- Check out the local festivities in the 15th of August at the main square and at the 28th of August at Agios Ioannis.
- There is no camping in Fournoi.
- On the main street of the Port you will find at least 7 mini markets, which call themselves supermarkets.
- From Fournoi you can do daily trips to the neighboring islet of Thymena and to the islands of Ikaria and Samos.
- Fournoi have a few hotels, apartments, rooms, studios, etc. to choose from.