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Connoisseurs of small, off-the-beaten-track Greek islands will love Fourni! A visit here will take you back to the feel of the smaller Greek islands as they were back in the 1980s. Fourni is the largest of a mini-archipelago comprising around a dozen islands - some very small indeed - scattered between Samos and Ikaria. Only two are inhabited.

A combination of a remote location and the shelter/hiding places provided by the many bays and coves to be found within the archipelago meant that the islands were the lair of pirates in past centuries. Perhaps it is no coincidence that the seas around Fourni can be treacherous, and more shipwrecks (58 to date, dating from 4BC) have been found here than anywhere else in the Med - a treasure trove for marine archaeologists.

Fourni is craggy and hilly and measures 31 sq kms. The main settlement is halfway down the west coast and also called Fourni (aka Korseon). It's an attractive little port hemmed in by off-shore islands, enabling very lovely sunsets, with an authentic traditional village atmosphere - sleepier during the day than at night - and a working harbour and boatyard.

Surprisingly for such a small island, Fourni boasts the largest fishing fleet in the Aegean - it is the mainstay of the island economy - so the half dozen tavernas along the front are the places to come for fresh fish and seafood, which is plentiful and well priced (island lobster is especially good value). A pretty paved main street, shaded by mulberry trees, is lined with characteristic village shops and leads up to a square with a couple of cafes and the church. To one side of the harbour is a nice little tamarisk-shaded sand-shingle beach, and a 15 minute walk over the headland north or south brings you to others, such as Kambi which has a pair of tavernas.

There are many fine beaches hidden in the bays around the island, mostly sheltered, unorganised with few (if any) facilities, and lapped by the clearest of seas. In season there is a minibus and a water taxi service to a selection, and there is also a taxi. We loved Petrokopio 3 kms to the south of Fourni Korseon (a 10 minute drive or a 50 minute walk). With a backdrop of a marble quarry dating from ancient times - large blocks of rejected marble, some partly worked columns, are scattered around - the beach is of gleaming white pebbles (sandy once in the sea) lapped by translucent turquoise waters, and the swimming is quite magical.

It is worth hiring a car locally for a few days to explore a little. The one main road runs for 18 kms., from Chrysomilia in the north to Agios Ioannis in the south, and enables access to other pristine beaches and a handful of small villages. You will enjoy wonderful views and meet more goats than cars!

Walking opportunities are good and there is a detailed walking map available (published by Terrain). From nearly all points you have fabulous vistas of the rugged but fertile landscape, nearby islands and the sea, encountering blue domed chapels en route. Walk down to a beach and the chances are you will have it largely to yourself - but do go prepared as there are no facilities on most.

Day trips can be had to the island of Thimena opposite and Ikaria but there are no organised tours; Fourni is an island where you are left to your own devices. Its appeal is to those wanting a quiet holiday away from the crowds and to discover the charms of this very traditional, friendly little island in your own time.

On Fourni you really have no option other than total relaxation - it's a complete escape, a Greek island holiday as it used to be!

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Getting to Fourni

Getting to Fourni

Our recommended routing is via Athens with an onward flight to Ikaria and a short ferry crossing from Agios Kirikos (20-60 mins). The best connections (2021) are on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday (Thursday is a longer but safer connection, we can store your luggage at the port) with an early flight from the UK, which meant no overnight hotel should be required if the flights are on time. You can also fly via Samos or Kos, both of which have longer ferry connections also on Monday and Wednesday (both will require an overnight hotel the previous night). Transfers on Fourni are not provided as both our accommodations are within a few minutes' easy walk of the ferry dock.

Multi-Centre and Island Hopping

Multi-Centre and Island Hopping

Fourni combines easily with Ikaria (daily boats). There are also ferry connections with Samos, Chios (twice weekly, visit Chios first for better ferry times) and with PatmosLipsiLerosKalymnos and Kos (Monday and Wednesday). Via Ikaria a domestic flight operates from Ikaria to Lemnos in just 45 minutes.

Car Hire

Car Hire

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Representative

Representative

We do not have a representative on Fourni but our local agents on Ikaria, who are responsible for booking our programme on the island, can always be contacted if required.

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GMT + 2 hours

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Average flight times

3 hours 40 minutes to Athens plus a 55 minute domestic flight to Ikaria. Onward ferry transfer to Fourni

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Claire joined us in 2005 after having spent 6 years in Lesbos running her own business teaching English, where she married a Greek. The economic crisis in Greece forced them to return to the UK. Alongside day to day reservations, Claire is also mother goose to our 30 or so overseas representatives in Greece and works very closely with Graeme, our overseas manager in Greece, to arrange for their interviewing and training. Understandably she loves Alonissos.

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