Stoupa is a seaside village in the Messinian part of Mani, also known as Outer Mani. It has less Maniot-style towers but the stone houses typical for the area still prevail. This is the place where the famous Greek writer Nikos Kazantzakis met Georgios Zorbas, the prototype of the main character of the book ”Zorba the Greek”. Stoupa is a nice place for beach holiday combined with trips to north Mani.
The village is well-developed for tourists and in the summer it gets very lively, with numerous restaurants and cafes. Stoupa has two sandy beaches - the central beach, known as Stoupa, and Kalogria - a small bay just next to Stoupa. Stoupa beach has some rocks in the north end, suitable for snorkeling, and the beach of Kalogria has more shallow water around the shore. Both beaches have sunbeds and parasols in the summer.
Close to Stoupa are the villages of Agios Nikolaos and Kardamyli, both with picturesque ports and nice for walk. Heading north from Stoupa to Kardamyli, one can find the small blue coves of Delfinia and Foneas.
highlights: lively village with sandy beaches, village in Mani Region, Peloponnese, Greece