On the eastern coastline of the Messinian Gulf, southeast of Kalamata and well-located within the Mani, just a short distance from Kardamili, lies the charming seaside resort center of Stoupa. Visiting the area, the diversity of the landscape will enchant you: the imposing Taygetos mountains, traditional Mani architecture, harbours, picturesque churches, caves, small villages with magnificent cobbled streets, stunning sandy beaches. This diversity of beautiful scenery is assured to enchant every visitor.
Here, there is something for everybody, from the sun-seeker to the naturalist and the out-of-doors enthusiast.From Stoupa, you can easily explore the surrounding area and admire the impressive nature by foot, by bike or scooter, or by car:
on the lovely beaches of the village you can soak up the Meditteranean sun and sea and indulge in water sports
on the boulevard, you’ll encounter a wide variety of tavernas and restaurants where you can taste the delicious dishes of local gastronomy, and many cafes and atmospheric bars, where you can have mingle amongst the local population
just a short distance from Stoupa you can visit the 13th century Lefktron Castle, or explore the abandoned coal mines where Nikos Kazantzakis worked with Alexis Zorbas, whichinspired the well-known story Zorba the Greek
walk or cycle the magnificent paved coastal path to the pretty working harbour village of Agios Nikolaos
venture into the mountain villages and experience the majesty of the Viros Gorge, and
- at the end of your day, simply relax and enjoy the idyllic sunsets from anywhere in the village
Just like old times…
Although a small village of just over 500 hundred inhabitants, Stoupa’s remarkable tourist infrastructure and its beautiful beaches are every year a pole of attraction for numerous visitors.
Still if we compare Stoupa now with the time when the first visitors were just discovering it, it’s obvious how the village and the surrounding area have kept their authentic character as it were 40 years ago.