Travel guide

Stoupa


General info

Welcome to Stoupa...

Stoupa is a coastal village in the Messinian Mani, which is situated 45 km away from the city of Kalamata and 290 km away from Athens. Ιt is a beautiful, picturesque village, which is built at the foothill of Mount Taygetos, surrounded by olive groves and sandy bays. In the first place, this beautiful resort was called "Potamos" (engl. River), but later took the name “Stoupa”. The village's name is attributed to the Arabic word "stupa", which means beach or seaside. There is, though, another version, according to which, this name derived from the flax fibers, the lints, which were gathered and dived into sea water by the locals so as to soften and become ready and suitable for processing. In Stoupa visitors can wander through a diverse environment of picturesque Byzantine churches, caves, gorges and forests, while watching the beautiful scenery which is made up from the towering Taygetos and separate sandy beaches.

 

In the past…

Despite the fact that Homer (the ancient poet) refers to the nearby village of Kardamili as the main port of the ancient city of Sparta exactly like Pausanias (the ancient geographer) does, who refers to the ruins of Lefktros in Stoupa's citadel as a sanctuary dedicated to the ancient goddess Athena, there is no enough information on the situation prevailing in the region during ancient Greece. During the Roman Empire and Middle Ages, Greece and Stoupa by extension, prospered under the domination of Rome. However, when the Roman Empire split into two parts, the country revered to the eastern half of the Byzantine Empire. During the Fourth Crusade in 1249, with the conquest of Constantinople, the Franks came to lead and capture the leaders of Mani, with leaders coming from the family of Villehardouin. That implied the end of the Byzantine school and the beginning of a new era, that is, the Italian Renaissance. The Byzantine Empire finally disintegrated, leaving ​​Greece unsheltered to the Turkish invasion and the Peloponnese to the yoke of the Ottoman Empire in 1453. Nevertheless, Mani remained untouched from Turkish occupation due to the fact that it is inaccessible and remote: The Maniots kept carrying weapons and refused to pay the taxes imposed by the Ottomans. The strongest family in Stoupa was that of Troupakis-Mourtzinos: this family lived in a fortified turret house in Old Kardamili and ruled the surrounding region for two centuries, while playing a leading role in the Greek revolution, especially when Greece was finally freed from the Turks in 1821.

 


Nowadays…

Today Stoupa has an increasingly growing tourism infrastructure. It offers a wide selection of hotels, hostels and inns, where you can enjoy a warm and pleasant stay. You will also have a wide variety of taverns and restaurants where you can taste among other delicious local cuisine. On the coastal road of the village there are many cafes, which turn into bars late at night so that you can still enjoy your drink. Stoupa is ideal for relaxing family holidays, seeing that it combines the beauty of Messinian Mani along with an impressive natural scenery and wonderful beaches.

 

 

Sight seeing

If you happen to come by or stay in this beautiful city, then
you can visit:


•  the "Lefktro" village, which is located east of Stoupa and is dominated by the imposing castle. Pausanias, who used to travel a lot, mentioned that there was a temple and a statue of the Goddess Athena in that place. During the Frankish period this castle was reconstructed and was given the name “Beaufort”, which means "beautiful castle"

 

• the abandoned mine of Prastova in the New Suburb, where Nikos Kazantzakis worked with Alexis Zorbas

 

• Mount Taygetos. Its natural bewitching beauty fascinates the visitors. Steep cliffs, caves and gorges compose a beautiful mountain landscape. Sports enthusiasts and mountain lovers can do cycling, hiking and mountain climbing wandering about unique paths

 

• some of the most beautiful beaches of Stoupa and the surrounding areas such as Kalogria beach, Agios Dimitrios beach and Halikoura beach 


• the capital of Messenia, i.e. Kalamata, which is located a very close to Stoupa

How to go

By Car:

Stoupa is located 290 km away from Athens. After you have entered the Attica Road, follow the highway of Athens-Corinth (for about 80 km, approx. 40-50 minutes ). After you have left behind Corinth, keep in the direction to Tripoli (attention should be given to road signs so as not to miss the exit - 40 min. journey). After you have reached Tripoli, continue your journey on the new national road and make it to Megalopoli – Kalamata (85km, approx. 50-70 min.). Shortly before you reach Kalamata, follow the road signs to Kardamili – Stoupa (for about 44 km) until you reach your destination.

 

Total travel time : 180 - 210 minutes

 

By Bus:

There are daily itineraries from Athens to Stoupa (Kalamata). The departure point is at the main bus station of Athens. (KTEL Busses Kifisos - Kifissou 100, on the national road of Athens).

 

For more information please call:

KTEL Busses Athens : ☎  (+30) 210 5134293 - 5233810

KTEL Busses Kalamata : ☎  (+30) 27210 22581

KTEL Busses Stoupa : ☎  (+30) 27210 28581 - 22851

 

By Train:

OSE Train station Athens : ☎  (+30) 210 5297777

OSE Train station Kalamata : ☎  (+30) 27210 95056.

 

For more information and itineraries, please visit the following websites:

www.proastiakos.gr and www.ose.gr

Useful telephones

 

Police Station Stoupa : ☎  (+30) 27210 73209


Taxi Station Stoupa : ☎  (+30) 6974723673


Health Center Stoupa : ☎  (+30) 27210 - 73218, 77210


Drugstores Stoupa : ☎  (+30) 27210 77409


Post office Stoupa : ☎  (+30) 27210 73217


Agrotiki Bank Stoupa : ☎  (+30) 27210 77000


Citizen Service Centre (KEP) Stoupa : ☎  (+30) 27210 64112


Municipality Offices Stoupa : ☎  (+30) 27210 73265


Fire Department Stoupa : ☎  (+30) 199


Port Kalamata : ☎  (+30) 27210 22218

Distances

From the city of Stoupa to:

Athens

282 km

Thessaloniki   

773 km

Piraeus

278 km

Larisa

623 km 

Volos

597 km 

Ioannina

484 km 

Zakynthos

239 km 

Pylos

95 km 

Kalamata

50 km

Nafplio

189 km 

Patras

257 km 

Sparti

90 km 

Corinth

203 km 

Igoumenitsa

550 km

Pyrgos

160 km