Stoupa is a village near the sea, which combine the mountains and sea. It is built under the shadow of Taygetou, just 45km east from the city of Kalamata. It is a proper destination for both winter and summer vacations.
It is named by the stoupia which are the fibers of flax that the locals collects and put them inside the sea in order to soften them to process them more easily.
The changing landscape will enchant you. The towering Taygetos, the traditional architecture of Mani, the bays, the Byzantine churches, the caves, the traditional villages with cobbled streets and beautifully stunning sandy beaches make a beautiful scene that charms every visitor. Of course the stunning scenery of Stoupa and the region is not devoid of history.
In Stoupa at 1917 lived Nikos Kazantzakis and Alexis Zorba worked on the abandoned mines now days, in Neo Proastio, where they met. There was inspired and wrote the great writer his unique masterpiece “Life and Times of Alexis Zorbas. In the area found as guests of Kazantzakis: Angelos Sicilian with his wife Eva, Marika Kotopouli and Cybele.
Also, according to information we have, east of the village stands the castle, which is the citadel of the old town of Lefktron. Pausanias mentions that there was a temple of Athena and her statue. In 1204-1259 referred to the period of Frankish rule, the castle was rebuilt and named “BOFOR”.
HOW TO REACH STOUPA
Stoupa is located 45 km away from Kalamata, which you can reach by air from Athens airport Eleftherios Venizelos, and directly from Germany, England and Norway. Also the county is connected with and Kythira and Kissamos of Chania.
Daily bus routes run from Athens, Patras and Thessaloniki to Kalamata. There are also regular train connections from Athens and Patras to Kalamata.
By car from Athens you can get in Stoupa, along the national road Athens – Korinthos – Tripoli and then follow the root Tripoli – Megalopolis – Kalamata – Stoupa (242 km).
By car from Patras can be reached in Stoupa, if you follow the highway Patras – Kalamata and then Kalamata – Stoupa.