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 1917, the famous writer Kazantzakis lived in this area and this is where he met George Zorbas who worked in a nearby mine. Inspired by him, the novelist wrote the masterpiece “Life and Times of Alexis Zorbas’ which then became a famous movie, a ballet, and left the legacy of the most well known Greek music Syrtaki written by Theodorakis.
HOW TO REACH STOUPA
Stoupa is located 45klm from the city of Kalamata.
You can reach Kalamata either directly by plane in the summer months (KLX) or via Athens (Athens International Airport Eleutherius Venizelos)
Daily bus routes run from Athens, Patras and Thessaloniki to Kalamata
By car, the fastest way is through the new National Road Athens A8 E94 – Kalamata (around 2hrs and 15 minutes)