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The Fourni-archipelago sits in a triangle shaped by Ikaria,
Samos and Patmos.
The island's cliffs, overgrown with macchia, divide into fiord-like bays, providing
picture postcard views that we invite you to enjoy here.
Visitors take time to find their bearings in the maze of rocks and
water, soon realising why Fourni was a pirates' retreat.
Apart from the main island only Thimena
is, in fact, inhabited. There are three settlements on Fourni,
or Korseon, one of which is Fourni proper, the major port sheltering the island's
fishing fleet and the ferries' landing-place.
Further south-west behind the mountain ridge - easily recognizable
by its windmills - extend the twin bays of Kampi.
The first bay sports a sandy beach, the other beach gets shared with fishing
boats. Within walking distance south of Kampi (as it were) you find any number
of small unspoilt bays, where city folks stretch their feet and indeed their
souls to touch the spirits of the water.
Up north you find the small village of Chrisomilia.
Go by boat or follow the gravel road. The tarmac ends a couple of miles behind
Fourni town, just behind
the large radio tower.
Most of Fourni's 2000 inhabitants are fishermen by birth and occupation,
but the over-fished Aegean offers a declining livelihood. Nonetheless, they
hang in there with a passion.
Fourni proper is a vibrant village with rather an amazing shopping
"couple of a hundred feet" on the Agora and a sleepy and secluded
platia. The shops cater for the islanders' daily needs, you will be hard put
to find a souvenir shop.
But life pulsates at the harbour front. Mercifully, not every islander
owns a car, but there is not one without a fishing boat. For the action you
will want to check the shipyard at the back of the harbour.
This text is cited in March 2005 from the Municipality
of Fourni Korseon URL below.
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