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  • BU is situated on one of the most beautiful parts of the island of Skiathos, the Venezian Bourtzi.

    You can enjoy coffee, food or cocktails, the endless view of the Aegean sea and our excellent service.

    Open early in the morning until late in the evening.

    The Bourtzi of Skiathos

    Bourtzi was an isolated maritime fort, on a coastline or on a small island, which controlled the entrance to a port and secured its defence.

    After the 4th Crusade (1204), the noblemen Andrea and Geremia Ghizi from Venice, lords of Tinos and Mykonos islands, extended their sovereignty conquering the Northern Sporades, until 1276. That period, they also constructed the Bourtzi of Skiathos, in the small peninsula that extended into the sea, which was in older times a kind of island as the very narrow land of isthmus was covered often by seawaters.

    They fortified this position with an enclosure of a simple wall, following the soil’s rocky surface, with crenellations and a place for the garison. Towards the mainland, there was the entrance-gate to the fort, being reinforced and protected by two round towers. With suitable organisation, the small fort was capable of confronting an enemy’s attacks from the sea (during the period from the 15th until the 17th centuries, and the continuous wars between Venetians and Ottomans); it was also capable of confronting attacks by pirates, who used Skiathos island itself as a base, for certain periods, such as many other small islands in the Aegean Sea.

    The Bourtzi was also called “the castle of St. George”, because in the same location there was a small church, dedicated to St. George (probably on the ruins of a byzantine church, the Ghizi founded a chapel). During the great Cretan war, in 1660, the Venetian forces, under the command of general and admiral Francesco Morosini, surrendered the small fort and destroyed it. From that period on, its abandonment and destruction began.

    In 1823 (the 9th of October) from its ruined walls, the captain Aggelis Gatsos resisted bravely against Topal Pasca, who attempted to invade the island. After the liberation from the Ottomans, in the eastern side of the fort, they made poorly constructed wooden houses - the first quarantine area for those with leprosy on the island.

    In 1906, with sponsorship and donation from Andreas Syggros, they constructed the Elementary School of Skiathos (today it is used as a place for cultural events), planting alsomany pine trees all over the fort. The fortified character of the area was lost for ever and only some enclosure walls survived and have been conserved. Meanwhile, near the path towards the old school, traces of the St. George church and a water cistern can be seen. The survival of the Bourtzi is testimony to the first use and function of the site, in the heart of the modern settlement of Skiathos, in a significant position between the old and the new port.

    Tapas Menu

    • Bruschetta with fresh tomato & feta
    • Houmous with marinated anchovies
    • Smoked eggplant dip
    • Octopus in pistachio and lime pesto
    • Smoked mackerel bruschetta with alioli and sundried tomato
    • Fresh tuna Crudo
    • Mini brioche hot dogs
    • Truffle flavored toast with prosciutto and graviera cheese
    • Truffle frites with parmesan cheese
    • Chicken brochette with yogurt dip
    • Grilled halloumi cheese with chili & mint
    • Spicy chicken and cheddar wrap
    • Sautéed portobello mushrooms with goat cheese and truffle oil
    • Crispy pork belly with fennel and dijon mustard
    • Sautéed shrimps in garlic & chilli

    Cocktails Classic

    Mojito Classic
    Bacardi rum, fresh lime juice, mint leaves and sugar
    Mojito Strawberry
    Bacardi rum, fresh lime juice, strawberry puree, mint leaves and sugar
    Cachaça, fresh lime juice, sugar
    Tequila, triple sec, fresh lemon juice and salt
    Bloody Mary
    Vodka, tomato juice, fresh lemon juice, Wrcestarshire sauce, tabasco, salt and pepper
    Tom Collins
    Gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup top up with soda water
    SPRITZ ME{*]
    Aperol, limoncello, lemon, orange, bitters and soda

    Cocktails Specials

    Cucumber Crisp
    Cucumber gin, Mastiha liquer, cucumber syrup, lemon juice, fresh pepper
    G.P. Martini
    Vodka vanilla, triple sec, sugar syrup, slices of ginger, pineapple, lime juice
    Aged Negroni
    Citadelle solera (Aged Gin), vermouth, campari
    Tropical Ti-Punch
    Clement blanco (Rhum agricole), lime, tropical fruits, gomme
    St. Lucia old fashioned*
    Plantation St.Lucia (Rhum), gomme, bitters
    * THE PRICE FOR St. Lucia old fashioned at HAPPY HOURS is 10,00 €

    Omelette - Breakfast

    • Toasted bread with butter, honey and marmalade (in a jar)
    • Plain omelette
    • Special omelette with ham and Creten graviera (greek cheese)
    • Omelette with vegetables with herb-infused oil
    • Scrambled eggs with fresh tomato, pepper and feta cheese
    • Scrambled eggs with smoked Salmon
    • Cheese and smoked Turkey French Toast Sandwiches
    • Yogurt with honey and walnuts
    • Yogurt with honey and fruits
    • Muffin/piece


    • Espresso
    • Cappuccino
    • Espresso with ice
    • Cappuccino with ice
    • Greek frape / Nescafe
    • Fredoccino
    • Greek coffee
    • Irish coffee
    • Hot chocolate
    • Chocolate with ice
    • Tea (Green, earl grey, English breakfast)
    • Ice tea (Ginger and lemon, mint, pomegranate)
    • Homemade lemonade
    • Fresh orange juice
    • Water ice, strawberry
    • Juice: Pineaple, peach, orange, banana, mixed
    • Smoothies: Βlueberry, Peach, Tropical fruits

    Soft Drinks

    Water 1lt
    Water 0,5 lt
    Sparkling water 0,33 lt
    San Pellegrino 0,50 lt
    Soft Drinks
    Coca cola, Green cola light, Orangeade, Orangeade non carbonated, Lemonade, Sprite, Soda, Tonic, Ginger ale


    Club sandwich
    with ham, bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato, cocktail sauce and fresh fried potatoes
    Cheese burger
    bacon, lettuce, tomato and fresh fried potatoes
    Pita bread with Halloumi cheese (traditional Cypriot cheese)
    mushrooms, rocket and sun dried tomatoes sauce
    Roast Beef with pickles
    lettuce, tomato and mustard sauce
    Tortilla chicken
    with parmesan, lettuce, tomato and caesar sauce
    Multigrain bread with smoked salmon
    and avocado cream
    Sesame bread
    with olive paste, cucumber, tomato, anthotiro (greek white cheese)

    Flatbread pizza

    • Fresh tomato, mozzarella and fresh basil
    • Special
    • Greek
    • Portobello with goat cheese
    • Prosciutto and rocket


    Greek salad
    Macaroni salad
    pasta salad with olives, sun dried tomato, basilico, sauce balsamic
    Caesar salad
    chicken with cherry tomatoes flakes graviera cheese, croutons and caesar dressing
    Salad with smoked salmon
    almond and vinaigrette from green onion, dill and lemon*


    Greek cheesecake with cretan “Dakos”, mascarpone, olive and fig marmalade
    Mille feuille with caramélisé filo pastry and pistachios
    Banoffee pie
    Biscuit cold tart with ganache chocolate
    chocolate ice cream with whipped cream, chocolate syrup and roasted almonds
    Traditional Greek Mastic ice cream “Kaimaki”
    with sour cherries and roasted almonds
    Ice cream in variety flavors
    Fresh fruits


    • Fix draft 400ml
    • Stella Artois
    • ΕΖΑ
    • Corona
    • Fix Dark
    • Buckler 330ml (alcohol free)
    • Delphi premium beer 750ml

    Glass of Wine

    • Wine: White, Rose, Red
    • Homemade Sangria: white, red
    • Moscato d' Asti
    • Prosecco, glass
    • Liqueur
    • Ouzo glass
    • Ouzo "Plomari" 200ml
    • Raki 200ml
    • Drink simple glass
    • Drink special glass

    White Wines

    • Tsakanikas estate, Malagouzia, Roditis
    • Thema Pavlidis, Assyrtiko, Sauvignon Blanc
    • Paraga Kyr-Giannis, Roditis
    • Santorini, Nykteri, Santo Wines p.d.o.
    • Chardonnay Logos, Zafeirakis estate

    Rose Wines

    • Tsakanikas estate, Cabernet, Syrah
    • Three legs, Regional wine of Halkidiki
    • ALPHA Estate, Syrah

    Red Wines

    • Tsakanikas estate, Syrah, Merlot
    • Semi sweet red wine
    • Rapsani Tsantali, Xinomavro, Krassato, Stavroto aged in 6 months in oak barrels

    Sparkling Wines

    • Prosecco
    • Amintaio rose
    • Moscato D' Asti
    • Moet & Chandon Imperial
    BU / BoUrtzi
    Bourtzi, Port of Skiathos
    37002 Skiathos, Greece
    +30 24270 23900

    BU is open from April 25 until October 25...

    every day, 10:00 to 1:00 past midnight

    islea hospitality group

    Islea group was founded in 2008 and has become one of the premier hospitality businesses in the island of Skiathos.

    ISLEA Hospitality Group is Skiathian at heart, a vision translating old-world sensibilities to appeal to modern-day Skiathos clientele. It was Scuna form the 60's, a family restaurant that all started from. It was in 2013 and after that is focused all the operation in the island of Skiathos. It opened the second restaurant in Skiathos, the Marmita and followed by Bourtzi and the Gift Shop Archipelagos.