Skiathos town

 The Bourtzi is a small Venetian sea fortress built on an island right opposite the town and used to protect the harbour from Ottoman and pirate attacks.It was built by the Ghizzis, Venetian lords who ruled over Skiathos in the 1200s. Of course, it’s no longer either a fortress or an island (it’s joined by a small walkway). In recent centuries it has also been used as a leper colony and primary school. These days it’s used for cultural events, the open air cinema, and a small Maritime and Cultural Museum.The Bourtzi is a small Venetian sea fortress built on an island right opposite the town and used to protect the harbour from Ottoman and pirate attacks.

It was built by the Ghizzis, Venetian lords who ruled over Skiathos in the 1200s.Of course, it’s no longer either a fortress or an island (it’s joined by a small walkway). In recent centuries it has also been used as a leper colony and primary school.These days it’s used for cultural events, the open air cinema, and a small Maritime and Cultural Museum. There’s a cafe-restaurant with twinkly lights on the far side, where you can find the toilet with the best view on the island.There’s a cafe-restaurant with twinkly lights on the far side, where you can find the toilet with the best view on the island.

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