A few miles south of Stoupa is Agios Nikolaos, a small pretty fishing village with a taverna lined harbour and plenty of accomodation options that is popular with holidaymakers. It has a tranquil, lazy feel about the place.

There is not much to actually see and do in Ag Nik so that makes it the perfect place to relax or as a base to explore the Mani. The restaurants are of the usual high standard but seemed to be a little more expensive than those in Stoupa.

You can swim from the rocks from various points in the village but Pantazi Beach is a couple of kilometres out of town to the south.

However, I think the best place to swim is just off the Stoupa path as it enters the village.

It’s called Gnospi and there are caves, a small church built into the rock and wonderful views over the bay to Stoupa.

View of Stoupa Church from Gnospi.

Although there are no ancient sites in the vicinity there are the remains of a large German WW2 Machine Gun emplacement just outside of the village towards Stoupa. I attempted to climb up to the entrance but in a rare flash of common sense I changed my mind as I was scrambling up the rock.

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