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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.

    Cocktails Classic

    Mojito 9.00 / 7.00
    Bacardi rum, fresh lime juice, mint leaves and sugar
    Strawberry Mojito 9.00 / 7.00
    Bacardi rum, fresh lime juice, strawberry puree, mint leaves and sugar
    Caipirinha 9.00 / 7.00
    Cachaça, fresh lime juice, sugar
    Margarita 9.00 / 7.00
    Tequila, triple sec, fresh lemon juice and salt
    Tom Collins 9.00 / 7.00
    Gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup top up with soda water

    Cocktails Specials

    Maitai 14.00 / 11.00
    Plantation Xaymaca Rum, Clement Blanco Rhum, Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao, Orgeat, Lime juice, Bitters
    Spritz Me 12.00 / 9.00
    Italian Aperitif, Limoncello, Lemon, Orange, Bitters, Soda
    Aged Negroni 12.00 / 9.00
    Citadelle Reserve, Sweet Vermouth, Italian Bitter
    Underdog 14.00 / 11.00
    Plantation 3 stars rum, Passion fruit, Rhubarb, Lime Juice, Bitters
    Butterfly Effect 14.00 / 11.00
    Corralejo Blanco Tequila, Elderflower, Pineapple, Vanilla, Bitters
    O/Purist Sour 13.00 / 10.00
    O/Purist Tsipouro, Apricot Liquer, Masticha, Fresh Lime juice, Bitters
    Bananarama 12.00 / 9.00
    Bacardi Cuatro 4y, Banana Liquer, Pineapple, Lime juice

    Non Alcohol

    Mojito / Strawberry Mojito   9.00
    Fresh Mint, Soda water, Lime juice, Sugar
    Florale Spritz 9.00
    Martini Floreale, Apple Juice, Ginger Ale, Fresh Mint, Cucumber

    To Share served 14:00 to 00:00

    2.00 Sourdough bread & extra virgin olive oil
    4.50 Greek Olives, cardamom & extra virgin olive oil
    27.00 Greek cheese platter, seasonal fresh fruits, celery, carob rusks & olive jam
    7.50 French fries, parmesan cheese & truffle oil
    7.90 Fish roe tarama, carob, lemon zest & bottarga
    8.70 Smoked aubergine, yoghurt, tahini, walnuts, sumac, spearmint & extra virgin olive oil
    8.90 Toasted sourdough bread, local cream cheese, oregano, cherry tomatoes, capers, rocket & extra virgin olive oil
    8.30 Roasted beetroots, muhammara, white balsamic vinegar, spearmint & extra virgin olive oil
    8.70 Local pie, xinomizithra cheese, spearmint, dill, honey & sesame
    14.00 Sea bream ceviche, Greek salad tartare, feta cheese, fresh coriander, extra virgin olive oil & leche de tigre
    13.20 Sautéed squid, mavrodafni wine, onion, garlic, cherry tomatoes, olives, capers & chili*
    13.70 Prawn saganaki, feta cheese, tomato sauce, ginger, lemon zest, fresh coriander*
    14.90 Octopus, fava yellow split peas, stew capers & extra virgin olive oil*
    13.00 Steamed mussels, tsipuro, chili, garlic, lemon leaves, lemongrass & coconut milk
    11.80 Sausage spetzofai, tomato sauce, chili, smoked paprika, yoghurt & orange zest
    13.50 Grilled sutzukakia patties, flatbread, baba ganoush, tahini & chermula sauce
    11.50 Tacos, chicken, mini flat breads, Greek salad tartare, yoghurt, spearmint & lime
    19.80 Fresh tuna steak (200gr), baby potatoes, cherry tomatoes, olives, asparagus, Dijon mustard & balsamic glaze
    27.00 Rib eye steak, (250gr) herb butter & French fries

    Coffees - Refreshments

    • Espresso 3.50
    • Cappuccino 4.30
    • Espresso with ice 3.80
    • Cappuccino with ice 4.30
    • Greek frape / Nescafe 4.00
    • Mocaccino 5.50
    • Filter coffee 4.00
    • Greek coffee 3.50
    • Irish coffee 6.50
    • Hot chocolate 4.50
    • Ice chocolate 5.00
    • Jarr Kombucha 240ml: Ginger / Rasberry / PassionFruit 8.00
    • Organic Tensai Tea 330ml: Green Tea Lemon Elderflower / Black Tea Ginger / White Tea Blueberry 7.00
    • Tea: Green, Εarl grey, English breakfast 4.00
    • Ice tea: Matcha, Peach, Red berries 5.00
    • Homemade lemonade 4.50
    • Homemade sour cherry juice 4.20
    • Fresh orange juice 5.00
    • Juice: Pineapple, Peach, Orange, Banana, Mixed 3.70
    • Yogurt Smoothies: Βlueberry, Peach, Tropical fruits, Strawberry 6.50

    Water - Soft Drinks

    • Water 0.5lt 1.00
    • Sparkling water Aqua Carpatica 0.33lt 3.50
    • San Pellegrino 0.25lt 3.50
    • San Pellegrino 0.75lt 6.00
    • Soft Drinks 3.80
    • Coca cola, Green cola light, Orangeade, Orangeade non-carbonated, Lemonade, Sprite, Soda, Tonic, Ginger ale
    • Pink Grapefruit Soda 0.20lt 4.80
    • Ginger Beer 0.20lt 4.80


    • Draft 420ml 4.50
    • VOREIA Pilsner 6.00
    • VOREIA Stout 7.00
    • VOREIA Latina 6.00
    • VOREIA low alcohol 0.8% 6.00
    • Stella Artois 5.00


    • Wine: White, Rose, Red 4.50
    • Dessert Wines 6.00
    • Sangria: white, red 6.50
    • Liqueur 7.00
    • Ouzo glass 5.50
    • Ouzo "Plomari" 200ml 9.50
    • Tsipouro glass 7.00
    • Drink simple glass 8.00
    • Drink special glass 10.00

    White Wines

    Tsakanikas estate 16.00
    Malagouzia, Roditis
    Mantineia Tselepou estate, Moschofilero 22.50
    Sorokos Arvanitidis Estate 26.00
    Malagouzia, Chardonnay
    Glass 6.50
    ERGO, Lantidis estate 25.00
    Sauvignon blanc
    Glass 6.50
    Thema, Pavlidis estate 33.00
    Sauvignon Blanc, Assyrtiko
    Logos Zafiraki Estate 27.00
    Santorini, Santo Wines 36.00

    Rose Wines

    Tsakanikas estate 16.00
    Cabernet, Syrah
    Little Ark, Lantidis estate 26.00
    Glass 6.50
    Simio Stixis, Boutaris estate 23.00
    Semi dry Cabernet Sauvignon, Moschofilero
    Glass 6.00
    Pink Pull Karipidis estate 28.50
    Sangiovese (Bio)
    Idyll d’achinos, La tour Melas 37.00
    Grenache, Syrah, Agiorgitiko
    Μiraval Cotes de Provence 55.00
    Grenache, Syrah

    Red Wines

      Tsakanikas estate 16.00
      Merlot, Syrah
      Metoxi Chromitsa Mount Athos 26.00
      Limnio, Cabernet Sauvignon
      Glass 6.50
      Syrah Avantis 27.50
      Cabernet, Merlot
      Nemea Lantides Estate 22.50
      Glass 5.50

    Sparkling Wines

    Prosecco 27.00
    Glass 7.00
    Amintaio rose 29.00
    Glass 7.00
    Moscato d’ Asti 27.00
    Glass 6.50
    Moet & Chandon Imperial 120.00

    Eggs served 9:00 to 14:00

    • Toasted bread, butter, honey & marmalade in jar 6.20
    • Eggs & bacon 6.90
    • Plain omelette 6.20
    • Omelette, local sausage, pepper, cherry tomatoes, feta cheese & oregano 8.20
    • Omelette, zucchini, graviera cheese & spearmint 7.70
    • Scrambled Greek style eggs, tomato sauce, feta cheese & basil, sesame bread 8.00
    • Scrambled eggs, toasted brioche, smoked salmon & cream cheese 10.50

    Sandwiches served 9:00 to 18:00

    Club sandwich 10.50
    bacon, ham or turkey, cheese, tomato, lettuce, French fries & mayo
    Cypriot pita pocket 7.20
    mushrooms, halumi cheese, rocket & sundried tomatoes paste
    Toast Ham/Turkey & cheese 3.80

    Burgers served 14:00 to 10:00

    Smash beef burger (180gr) 13.50
    cheddar cheese, bacon, caramelized onions, French fries & oyster mayo
    Fresh tuna burger (180gr) 17.50
    carrot, ginger, rocket, wasabi sauce, French fries & fish roe tarama

    Flatbread Pizza served 14:00 to 10:00

    Margherita 11.00
    tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella & basil
    Tartuffo 13.50
    mozzarella, heavy cream, mushrooms, bacon, spinach & truffle oil
    Prosciutto 13.00
    tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, rocket & balsamic glaze
    Vegan Ladenia 11.00
    tomato sauce, fresh tomato, onion, capers, oregano & extra virgin olive oil

    Main course salads served 14:00 to 10:00

    Cherry tomatoes 9.90
    grapes, cucumber, basil, carob, capers, xinomizithra cheese, molasses & extra virgin olive oil
    Grilled chicken 14.50
    prosciutto, sage, French fries or green salad & parmesan sauce
    Baby gem 18.00
    grilled king prawns, cucumber, fresh coriander, spearmint, peanut butter & hoisin*

    Desserts All Day

    Ekmek kaymak, Middle East brioche, cherry syrup & mastiha ice cream 7.00
    Torta de piña, caramelized pineapple & lime zest 7.00
    Pavlova, mascarpone cream, strawberries, lime zest & basil 7.90
    Chocolate cheesecake, hazelnut croquant, Nutella & fleur de sel 7.80
    Yoghurt panacotta & olive spoon sweet 6.70
    Yoghurt, honey & walnuts 5.90
    Yoghurt, honey & seasons fresh fruits 6.90
    Chicago ice cream 6.70
    Mastiha ice cream 6.70
    Kayak, 110ml 4.70
    Vanilla Madagascar/ Belgian chocolate choco chips/ Strawberry
    Seasonal fresh fruits 15.00
    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.