North Aegean, Greece
Fourni or Fourni Korseon is an archipelago in the northeastern Aegean Sea, between Ikaria and Samos. The islands are famous for their wild beauty and they are perfect for relaxing vacation and absolute freedom and peace. On this Ferryhopper page, you can find all the information you need about the best beaches, villages and attractions in Fourni, as well as all ferry routes. Book cheap ferry tickets on Ferryhopper and start planning your trip in the Aegean Sea!
Quaint chapel in Fourni at sunset
Vacation in Fourni
Fourni (or Fournoi) is a group of islands and small islets close to Ikaria. The 2 major islands are Fourni and Thymaina. The lace-like coastline of the islands hides a multitude of bays and secluded coves, which were once home to pirates roaming the Mediterranean Sea.
The island of Fourni is the largest of the group and it’s ideal to enjoy carefree holidays, taste fresh fish and seafood, and relax at unspoilt beaches. The heart of the action in Fourni is the main square in Chora, where locals and travelers mingle. Thymaina is the second largest island of the group. There are two villages on the island and plenty of remote beaches you can visit on foot or by boat. The shape of the island group resembles a lobster, which is why there is an abundance of lobsters in the archipelago according to some people!
How to get to Fourni
There are regular ferry routes from mainland Greece to Fourni throughout the year. You can catch a ferry from the port of Piraeus in Athens or the port of Kavala in northern Greece. Alternatively, there are also frequent crossings to the neighboring island of Ikaria, which is connected by ferry with Fourni. Find more information about ferry travel to Fourni below.
What to do in Fourni
In Fourni, you can enjoy peaceful moments on the beach, explore the remote villages of the island group, swim in untamed waters around the archipelago and explore the wild nature through hiking trails and green hills. The islands are famous for their easy-going way of life and we recommend that you let go as much as you can during your stay. Moreover, the islands are great for outdoor activities such as water sports, diving and fishing.
Try the delicious lobster of Fourni at one of the traditional tavernes, join the fun at a local festival and hop on to the nearby islands and islets for a mini cruise or an island-hopping adventure!
Beaches in Fourni
The long coastline of Fourni is home to many magical beaches with crystal-clear waters. Most beaches are remote and there are no visitor amenities, so make sure you bring all beach essentials. There are many beaches in Fourni accessible via hiking trails, but there are also some more secluded coasts, only accessible by boat. Some of them are nude-friendly and popular with campers. Here are our 10 favorite beaches in Fourni:
- Chrisomilia: It is a wind-protected sandy beach with shallow crystal-clear waters and two tavernes.
- Agia Triada: This is a small beautiful beach with blue waters and tamarisk trees.
- Kamari: Kamari is a dreamy beach with sand, pebbles, deep waters and some trees for shade. There are ancient ruins you can explore with a mask on the seabed of the beach.
- Mpali: It’s a sandy beach with pebbles and clear waters. You can get to the beach either on foot or by boat.
- Psili Ammos: Psili Ammos is one of the most popular beaches on the island. It is a small beach with thin sand, shallow waters and a beach bar. There are also some sun loungers and umbrellas. It is mostly frequented by young travelers.
- Kampi: The beach of Kampi is covered with sand and pebbles, and it has crystal-clear waters. There are tamarisk trees for shade, as well as vacation rentals, local restaurants and shops in the area.
- Petrokopio: This is one of the most impressive beaches in Fourni. It is a large beach with emerald waters, surrounded by imposing white rocks. It is accessible either by boat or through a hiking trail.
- Vlychada: Vlychada is a secluded beach with calm, shallow, crystal-clear waters. There are no visitor amenities.
- Kasidi: It’s a marvelous beach with emerald green waters and golden sand.
- Keramidou: The beach is on the island of Thymaina. It’s a small cove with sand, tamarisk trees and a waterfront taverna. You can get to the beach from the village of Thymaina in 20 minutes on foot or by water taxi.
The peaceful Kampi beach in Fourni
Activities in Fourni
During your holidays in Fourni you can escape city life and get in touch with nature. Explore the countryside, walk on blooming hills and discover hidden chapels through amazing hiking trails. There are many short and more challenging hikes with amazing views both in Fourni and Thymaina, leading to old chapels, quaint mills, traditional villages and remote coves. You can also try water sports such as diving and snorkelling, go fishing, try horse-riding and watch the sunset from the beach or at a beautiful hilltop.
Nightlife in Fourni
Despite the small size of the islands, there are quite a few options for night fun! Particularly during the summer months, there are many local festivals taking place on the islands. We recommend that you attend one of the panigiria, to try delicious food, drink and dance till morning! If you’re looking for a laid-back night out, you can enjoy a glass of wine at the lounge bars in Chora or head to a taverna to listen to traditional Greek music, drink and eat mouthwatering dishes.
Beautiful stone mills at a blooming hilltop in Fourni
Food in Fourni
The island of Fourni is also famous for its local cuisine. Don’t leave the island without trying a scrumptious dish of lobster pasta and the delicious rice-stuffed goat. Here are more delicious products to try in Fourni:
- Thyme honey
- Wild herbs
- Sweet preserves
- Orange and sour cherry sodas by Lagos
- Ladotiri: cheese with olive oil
Tip: Visit the cute shops of Fourni to shop traditional products such as herbs, honey and wine. You can find organic products of exceptional quality, as well as natural cosmetics.
Villages in Fourni
Most villages in the archipelago are on the island of Fourni, but there are also 2 villages in Thymaina. Chora in Fourni is the main village of the island and it’s also the most popular. In Chora, you can explore the quaint alleys, enjoy the serene atmosphere and be part of the local lifestyle. This means you shouldn’t miss out on an afternoon coffee under the plane trees and an early evening shot of tsipouro at one of the traditional kafeneia. There are more interesting villages worth visiting in the island group. Here are the major villages in Fourni:
- Agios Ioannis
Traditional houses at the village of Thymaina
Useful information for Fourni
Most visitor amenities are in Chora on the island of Fourni. There are grocery stores, cafés, shops, bars, a gas station, an ATM and a pharmacy. There is also a medical center on the island. As for accommodation, most hotels and vacation rentals are at the port area, where you can find a car rental shop as well.
Useful phone numbers for your stay in Fourni
Find some useful contacts for your trip to Fourni below:
- Fourni Medical Center: +302275051202
- Police: +302275051222
- Pharmacy: +302275051188
- Fourni Port Authority: +302275051207
Transportation in Fourni
There are no buses in Fourni and you can only get around by private vehicle. Despite the short distances, we recommend that you bring your car or motorcycle or rent there, to be more flexible during your vacation. Most roads are properly paved, but there are some dirt roads too.
Ports in Fourni
The main port of Fourni Korseon is on the island of Fourni. The port is in Chora and all ferries from mainland Greece as well as the islands of the Aegean Sea arrive there. It also serves ferry routes to the port of Thymaina throughout the year. There’s a small port at Chrisomilia as well.
At the port of Fourni, you can find cafés, hotels, tavernes, grocery stores, a car rental shop and a small short-term parking lot. The port of Thymaina is small and it mainly serves boats from Fourni, as well as Ikaria and Samos occasionally. There is a café and a grocery store in the port area.
Island hopping from Fourni
Fourni is a great island-hopping stop during your vacation in the North Aegean Sea! You can travel from Fourni to the neighboring islands of Ikaria and Samos, as well as to the Cyclades and the Dodecanese. There are direct ferry routes from Fourni to the following islands:
On Ferryhopper’s Map of Ferries, you can find all ferry routes from Fourni to plan your island-hopping itinerary in the Aegean Sea. Find routes and schedules, compare ferry companies and fares, and easily book island-hopping tickets.
Fishing boats at the port of Thymaina in Fourni
Fourni ferry: schedules and tickets
You can travel by ferry from the ports of Piraeus and Kavala to Fourni year-round. The port of Piraeus is the best departure port if you’re traveling from Athens, while the port of Kavala is the best option if you’re beginning your trip from northern Greece.
- Ferry from Piraeus to Fourni: There are regular ferry routes from Piraeus to Fourni throughout the year. Normally, you can travel to Fourni by ferry 3 times a week. The journey duration ranges from 7 to 15 hours. Ferries to Fourni feature car decks and cabins.
- Ferry from Kavala to Fourni: There is 1 weekly ferry crossing from the port of Kavala to Fourni. The journey duration is around 20 hours, so it’s a great idea to book a cabin for extra comfort.
Good to know: If you want to visit the island of Thymaina opposite Fourni, there are boat sailings during weekdays, as well as some water taxis that serve the route daily. Not all boats to Thymaina have car decks, so make sure you enquire at the port before booking your tickets.
Where to book ferry tickets online to Fourni
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