the island of the corsairs

House in white and blue at the background of the sea


Fourni (full name: Fourni Korseon) lies between Ikaria and Samos, on the border with the Dodecanese group. It is a group of small islands with very "curly" coastlines, forming numerous coves and beaches. These coastlines were much appreciated by the pirates in the Middle Ages because they could hide their ships there and thus the word "korseon" appeared in the island name (meaning "of the corsairs"). The two largest islands of the group, Fourni and Thymena, are inhabited, as Fourni is the main island and has two villages and population of about 1300 residents. Thymena (Thymaina) is very small but yet it has 140 inhabitants.

Fourni is connected with Samos, Ikaria and the port of Piraeus, and in the summer there is also a ferry from Rhodes to Samos which passes by Fourni but only once or twice per week. All ferries stop at Fourni Town (also called Kambos), the main village of Fourni. Fourni Town is the place where almost everything is concentrated, it has a small promenade with tavernas and cafes and a couple of beaches in close distance - town beach next to to the port, and Kampi and Psili Ammos within less than 1 km, ones of the few organized beaches on Fourni. Chrysomillia is the other settlement, a very small village with harbor and limited facilities.

The beaches of Fourni are quiet and tranquil, most of them with pebbles, except for Psili Ammos and Kassidi. Kassidi is a secluded sandy bay in the southern part of the island, surrounded by big rocks. 6 km north of it, between Kassidi and Kambos, you will find Petrokopio, both a beach and sightseeing. Just above the beach there are ancient marble quarries, and the white pebbles fallen from the quarries into the sea are in contrast to the blue water.

highlights: the island of the corsairs, island in North Aegean Islands, Greece

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