There are two main beaches in Stoupa and a couple of smaller ones:
Kalogria Beach is in a bay on the right as you enter by the long road into Stoupa. Watch out for the mountain springs that bubble up at this beach which can make the sea freezing cold in patches. The sea is gently shelving and shallow so it is ideal for families. In peak season this beach is very crowded and full of sunbeds and umbrellas. It’s like a Spartan army horde, ten deep, that you have to battle through to get to the sea! [Although you can sneak down the sides].
However all is not lost – if you follow the path that leads to the left [southern end] of the bay it will take you to some hidden little coves where it is more tranquil and Leashia and I prefer it there. You can actually see the springs bubbling up in the shallows here. Another way to these coves is via the steps to a path which you can find off the road that is just opposite Perasma Taverna.
The original and real Zorba [the Greek] used to live on the beach and he liked to plonk himself every morning in the bollock freezing freshwater rock pool which is on the right [northern] side of the bay. Dunking ones head in seemed to be what was expected so I gave it a go. My brain hurt!
The three or four tavernas lining one side of the beach are all rather good. You can hire pedaloes on the left side of the beach and scoot around to the cave which is on the headland on the left as you head out to sea. [Don’t go in the cave if you are scared of bats as they flit and squeek around in the cave].
Stoupa’s Main Beach
This sandy beach is down the hill away from Kalogria. It is well served by bars, tavernas and shops and again there are plenty of sunbeds which you can rent or possibly use for free if you are buying food or drink from the taverna that owns them. You can hire pedaloes and boats from the south end of the beach. The stream that runs into the sea is absolutely freezing!
Halikoura Beach [and the one beyond]
If you want a really quiet beach, continue south [with the main beach on your right] and you will find some steps near the newly opened Afros Restaurant that leads to the small Halikoura Beach. There is one other little beach which is rather neglected near the basketball court just south of Halikoura which does not seem to have a name.
There are also a couple of excellent beaches, [which are less busy than the Stoupa big two] just outside of town to the north so you will need some sort of transport to get there.
A five minute drive north of Stoupa towards Kardamyli is Delfini Beach. It’s rather hidden from view but you know something is happening as there are cars parked up by the road on a gravel parking area. A large parking sign directs you down a track but it is often easier to park in the car park by the main road and walk down from there.
There are steep steps down to the beach so you need to be good on your pins. The beach, which is in an attractive bay, is pebbly with some grey sand. At the bottom of the steps is a taverna which plays groovy music – be it 60’s psychedelia, soul or reggae.
A little further North of Delfini Beach is Foneas Beach which is on the left of a sharp bend. It is mostly pebbly – but of the smooth variety, not the sharp hurty stuff.
There is a large rock in the bay with a short tunnel that you can swim through, as well as rocks where the young and foolhardy leap from a great height. The sea does get deep rather quickly so it’s not so suited for toddlers. There is a taverna here next to the car park.