In 1994, one of Norway's most famous sailing ships was built at Risør Trebåtbyggeri in Buvika and is called "Den Sorte Dame" ("The Black Lady"). This boat is used at Kristiansand Zoo by the famous pirate Captain Sabeltann in shows and activities.
Risørflekken is a whitewashed stone hill top which is a very old beacon ships could use to guide themselves into the harbour in poor visability. From this location, there are great views over the white wooden town Risør archipelago and the island of Stangholmen.
Risørflekken is a very popular viewpoint in Risør, and also part of the popular recreational area Urheia.
At Christmas Risørflekken is decorated with a large Christmas star.