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Boasting a privileged location on the western coast of the beautiful Mani peninsula, the scenic village of Stoupa offers a taste of authentic Greek culture and heritage for an unforgettable Greek holiday in 2019 / 2020. Stoupa offers relaxation and tranquillity, natural beauty and a selection of historic landmarks and attractions that bring to life the long history of the region. Holidaymakers from all over the world are drawn to Stoupa for its beautiful weather, idyllic surroundings and laid-back pace of life, with just enough modernity to keep any family, couple or group of friends entertained on holiday. Whether you’re looking for a cultural, beach or family holiday, you’ll find plenty of memorable things to do in this part of the world.

Top attractions

Top attractions

There’s plenty of ways to spend your time in Stoupa, from lounging on the sun-drenched beaches to taking a dip in the clear blue waters. You can stroll through the village’s picturesque streets, enjoy a fresh seafood meal by the beach or explore the naturally beautiful surroundings. The city’s heritage is reflected in its fortifications, including nearby Kardamyli’s ancient fort that showcases priceless artefacts from the legendary Ottoman and Byzantine empires. In Stoupa you’re just an hour’s drive from The Caves of Diro, one of the most important attractions in the area. Once the home of a Neolitic society, these caves provided ancient civilisations with shelter. Here you can explore the water channels and take in the scenic views of jagged stalagmites on a guided tour. If you’re looking for more hands-on activities, you can enjoy a number of sports here including swimming and windsurfing. You’ll have a real sense of history and tradition in every outdoor pursuit you enjoy here, as Stoupa is a UNESCO World Heritage site known for being the birthplace of the original Olympics.

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Eating out

Eating out

The scenic surroundings and beautiful weather in Stoupa are sure to have you wanting to dine outside as much as possible. Luckily, there are plenty of excellent restaurants and bars here with outdoor seating areas, whether you’re holidaying with your significant other, family or friends. One of the best features of Stoupa’s cuisine is the freshness and quality of local ingredients and produce. Thanks to the exceptionally clean local waters, seafood is caught here frequently and used in a wide variety of tantalising dishes. You can also enjoy freshly handpicked Kalamata olives cured in authentic red wine vinegar, which are sold straight from the bucket for an al-fresco dining experience. Other popular dishes here are souvlaki and succulent lamb with artichokes, while the dessert of choice is fried dough fritters. Honey is a speciality here with local wild flowers used to create the world class sweet treat. Fritters here are cooked in high quality local olive oil and then drizzled liberally in wildflower honey and cinnamon for an indulgent treat.

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Families

Families

Stoupa’s authentic culture and laid-back atmosphere appeals to families that are looking to avoid the more brash, loud megastar resorts in favour of traditional charm. The main beach is just the right size for a day out with your family, with golden sands, warm soft sands and shallow waters. From building sandcastles to splashing about in the shallows, your kids will love days spent at the beach here. There’s always plenty of family-oriented amenities close to the beach too, including refreshment stands and toilets, sun loungers and parasols. Parents can rest assured that they can simply head to the beach for a fuss-free day out with the kids, making a great base point from which to head off on an adventure in a pedal boat or play volleyball on the beach. Families with older children may prefer to visit local historic landmarks and cultural attractions, including the ruins and museums at close by Olympia and Kalamata.

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Action & Adventure

Action & Adventure

Holidays in Stoupa are ideal for outdoor enthusiasts and adrenaline junkies. With a wide variety of sports and outdoor activities available, it’s easy to keep up your fitness levels on vacation in Stoupa. If you love to walk, you’ll find a number of winding hiking paths around the island ranging from jagged cliffs and boulder-topped mountainous valleys. The Viros Gorge is an essential trek for active holidaymakers visiting Stoupa, stretching from the Kardamyli through a wooded area, rocky trails and into a steep gorge area that’s ideal for climbing and absailing. The dramatic Caves of Diros are another must-visit attraction for action-loving holidaymakers, with elaborate winding coves that lead to intricate caverns and glimmering underground lakes. There’s an almost limitless number of ways to spend days outdoors here, from cycling through the pine forests or jumping into a saddle for an invigorating horseback ride through the scenic olive groves. If you’re keen to stay in the village, you’ll find a wide selection of water sports and activities that you can do at the beach including swimming, diving, windsurfing or banana boating.

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Beaches

Beaches

The scenic coastline and sunshine-rich weather in Stoupa are one of the main draws for holidaymakers. If you’re looking for a big dose of sun, sea and sand, Stoupa has a number of wonderful beaches ranging from the more tourist-friendly to secluded spots for a private sunbathing session. There’s a number of welcoming bays scattered around the outskirts of the village, as well as a horseshoe-shaped beach in the town. The sands here are soft, gold in colour and warm, while the waters are clear and calm. You can let your kids splash about in these safe waters, which are renowned for their cleanliness thanks to their underwater spring origins from the Taygetos Mountains. As there’s good transport connections here it’s easy to travel up or down the coast to find a private pebbled cove to have the beach all to yourself, or you could go for a snorkel off Stoupa’s main beach. There are a number of outdoor open-air bars and cafes here so you can enjoy a meal without feeling as though you’re missing out on the gorgeous weather outside. One of the most popular beaches in the area is Kalogria, just a ten-minute walk north from Stoupa. Here you can sunbathe in the shade of gently swaying palms, play an exciting game of volleyball or get lessons from a PADI-qualified scuba instructor.

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Nightlife

Nightlife

Stoupa’s vibrant nightlife scene adds to its appeal, with a wide variety of nightclubs, bars and restaurants just a short walk from the main hotels and resorts in the area. While Stoupa isn’t known for having a particularly loud and bustling nightlife scene, many of the nightlife venues stay open late into the evening. Stoupa’s town centre has a laid-back, welcoming ambience that makes it the ideal setting for relaxing with friends and family, or enjoying a candlelit dinner with your partner. The nightlife in Stoupa draws in people of all backgrounds and cultures, lending a real melting-pot feel that’s great for sociable holidaymakers that enjoy meeting new people and making friends on holiday. While many holidaymakers visiting Stoupa have chosen the resort for its peaceful, quiet atmosphere, you can enjoy a wider range of parties and nightclubs further afield at Kalamata if you’re craving some action.

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Couples

Couples

Stoupa is an ideal holiday destination for holidaymakers looking to get away from the stresses of everyday life and enjoy a totally relaxed and peaceful holiday experience. Stoupa’s authentic whitewashed buildings and beautiful surroundings are tailor-made for romantic holidays, as you can simply head out for a walk with your partner to enjoy a memorable romantic experience. If you’re planning a romantic holiday as a couple, there are a number of excellent resorts with privileged positions in Stoupa, putting you within easy reach of the area’s main attractions and places of interest. For an indulgent experience, invest in a delicious meze spread for two accompanied by a nice bottle of wine, or book a wine-tasting tour at one of the local vineyards to get you in the mood for romance. Nearby you’ll find Kalamata, home of the famous Inomessiniaki Winery, which puts on wine-sampling sessions and winery tours. There are a number of areas of stunning natural beauty in and around Stoupa that make for memorable experiences with your partner, such as visiting the Polylimnio Waterfall in Messenia, and taking a dip in the idyllic natural pools.

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Culture

Culture

The Mani Peninsula has a rich heritage and culture that make it a favourite with culture-loving holidaymakers. Here you can visit a number of famous locations and attractions and immerse yourself in the traditional Greek way of life. There’s a wide selection of historic landmarks here including the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Mystras, a Byzantine village that was constructed into a set of jagged cliffs. The village is an embodiment of the long history of Stoupa as it has been occupied by numerous iconic cultures including the Venetians, Greeks and Turkish. At nearby Kalamata, the old town is a must-visit location for its churches and castles. Olympia showcases the Temple of Zeus, another captivating historic landmark. From amphitheatres to churches and historic ruins, there’s a palpable sense of heritage and historic cultures in Stoupa and the surrounding area that are ideal for history lovers. You can round out your cultural excursions with a visit to the Archaeological Museum at Messenia, Kalamata, to learn about the rich and diverse history of the region.  

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