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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

    4.00 Greek Olives
    23.00 Greek cheese platter
    5.50 Bruschetta with tomato and feta
    10.90 Octopus in pistachio and lime pesto
    12.50 Fresh smoked tuna with avocado puree and citrus dressing
    6.90 Truffle fries with parmesan cheese
    8.80 Pitta bread with portobello mushrooms, goat cheese, smoked paprika and truffle oil
    7.50 Eggplant in the oven with tomato, cream cheese and fresh basil
    10.50 Pork belly in the oven with celery root puree
    13.00 Sauteed shrimps with garlic & chilli flakes
    11.50 Steamed mussels in white wine with garlic, ginger, chilli and fresh cilantro
    9.00 Traditional spicy sausage with peppers, tomato sauce, red wine and galotyri
    12.00 Codfish with honey sauce, saffron, sumac, fried capers and aioli
    9.50 Roasted squid with fresh asparagus, "fava" with cuttlefish ink lemon dressing and fresh thyme
    25.00 Rib eye steak and truffle fries with parmesan cheese
    19.00 Tuna filet with fennel salad, cherry tomatoes, olives and green onion
    12.50 Chicken breast filet with green salad

    Cocktails Classic

    Mojito Classic 9.00 / 7.00
    Bacardi rum, fresh lime juice, mint leaves and sugar
    Mojito Strawberry 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 12.00 / 9.00
    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
    Cucumber Crisp 12.00 / 9.00
    Cucumber gin, Mastiha , Cucumber, Lemon Juice, Black Pepper
    Aged Negroni 12.00 / 9.00
    Citadelle Reserve, Sweet Vermouth, Italian Bitter
    Underdog 12.00 / 9.00
    Plantation 3 stars rum, Passion fruit, Rhubarb, Lime Juice, Bitters
    Anamnesia 12.00 / 9.00
    Citadelle Original Gin, Clement Blanco Rhum, Exotic Fruits, Bitters
    Butterfly Effect 12.00 / 9.00
    Corralejo Blanco Tequila, Elderflower, Pineapple, Vanilla, Bitters
    Strawberries are Forever 12.00 / 9.00
    Five Lakes Vodka, Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao, Strawberries, Basil, Cranberries

    Omelette - Breakfast served 9:00 to 17:00

    • Toasted bread with butter, honey and marmalade (in a jar) 5.50
    • Plain omelette 5.50
    • Special omelette with ham and Cretan graviera (Greek cheese) 7.20
    • Special omelette with traditional sausage 7.50
    • Scrambled eggs with fresh tomato, pepper and feta cheese 7.00
    • Scrambled eggs with smoked Salmon 9.50

    Coffees - Refreshments

    • Espresso 3.50
    • Cappuccino 4.20
    • Espresso with ice 3.80
    • Cappuccino with ice 4.20
    • Greek frape / Nescafe 3.90
    • Mocaccino 4.00
    • Filter coffee 4.00
    • Greek coffee 3.00
    • Irish coffee 6.50
    • Hot chocolate 4.50
    • Chocolate with ice 5.00
    • Tea: Green, Εarl grey, English breakfast 4.00
    • Ice tea: Matcha, Peach, Red berries 5.00
    • Homemade lemonade 4.00
    • Homemade sour cherry juice 4.20
    • Fresh orange juice 5.00
    • Juice: Pineapple, Peach, Orange, Banana, Mixed 3.50
    • Smoothies: Βlueberry, Peach, Tropical fruits, Strawberry 6.50

    Soft Drinks

    • Water 1lt 2.00
    • Water 0.5lt 1.00
    • Sparkling water 0.33lt 3.20
    • 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

    Sandwich served 9:00 to 17:00

    Club sandwich 9.50
    with ham, bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato, cocktail sauce and fresh fried potatoes
    Beefburger 12.50
    180 gr beef, bacon, lettuce, tomato and fresh fried potatoes
    Pita bread with Halloumi cheese (traditional Cypriot cheese) 6.90
    mushrooms, rocket and sun-dried tomatoes sauce
    Smoked salmon on multigrain bread 9.50
    with spicy mayonnaise, green apple, pickles and fennel


    Margherita 9.90
    fresh tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and basil
    Special 13.50
    ham, turkey, bacon, green pepper
    Greek 12.00
    traditional sausage, fresh tomatoes, green pepper, olives,onions, feta cheese and oregon
    Prosciutto, rocket and pear 13.90
    White 12.00
    blue cheese, mozzarella and red onions


    Greek salad 8.70
    Caesar salad 10.50
    romain lettuce, chicken, parmesan, croutons and light caesar dressing
    Smoked Salmon salad 11.50
    spinach, radishes, cucumber, green onions, lemon and dill dressing
    Plain Μixed Greens salad with citrus dressing 9.50
    Bread 1.00


    Ekmek kataifi 6.00
    Chocolate profiteroles 7.50
    Lemon cream with tranditional semolina crumble 6.50
    Greek yogurt panna cotta with sweet olives 6.50
    Caramelized Millefeuille with pistachio 6.90
    Chicago ice cream 6.50
    chocolate ice cream with whipped cream, chocolate syrup and roasted almonds
    Mastic ice cream "Kaimaki" 6.50
    with sour cherries and roasted almonds
    Ice cream Kayak, 110ml 4.50
    Yogurt with honey and walnuts 5.50
    Yogurt with honey and fruits 6.70
    Muffin/piece 2.50
    Fresh fruit platter 12.00


    • ΕΖΑ Draft 400ml 4.00
    • ΕΖΑ Lager 330ml 4.00
    • EZA Pilsner 330ml 4.50
    • Stella Artois 5.00
    • VOREIA Pilsner 5.50
    • VOREIA Dark 6.00
    • Corona 6.00
    • Alcohol free 4.00

    Glass of Wine

    • Wine: White, Rose, Red 4.50
    • Demi sec 5.50
    • Homemade Sangria: white, red 6.20
    • Liqueur 7.00
    • Ouzo glass 4.00
    • Ouzo "Plomari" 200ml 9.50
    • Raki 200ml 8.00
    • Drink simple glass 8.00
    • Drink special glass 10.00

    White Wines

    Tsakanikas estate 14.50
    Malagouzia, Roditis
    Mantineia Tselepou estate, Moschofilero 21.50
    Sorokos Arvanitidis Estate 25.00
    Malagouzia, Chardonnay
    Glass 6.00
    ERGO, Lantidis estate 24.00
    Sauvignon blanc
    Glass 6.50
    Thema, Pavlidis estate 29.00
    Sauvignon Blanc, Assyrtiko, Decanter 2017 Bronze
    Logos Zafiraki Estate 26.50
    Santorini, Santo Wines 35.00

    Rose Wines

    Tsakanikas estate 14.50
    Cabernet, Syrah
    Little Ark, Lantidis estate 24.00
    Glass 6.00
    Simio Stixis, Boutaris estate 22.00
    Semi dry Cabernet Sauvignon, Moschofilero
    Glass 5.50
    Idyll d’achinos, La tour Melas 33.00
    Grenache, Syrah, Agiorgitiko
    Μiraval Cotes de Provence 55.00
    Grenache, Syrah

    Red Wines

      Tsakanikas estate 14.50
      Cabernet, Merlot
      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
    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.