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In the summer it is busy due to the abundance of package holidays that are available. Despite this Stoupa maintains a charm. It copes with the crowds well as it is served by several beaches and plenty of tavernas and three excellent bakeries which are all are of a high standard.
The main road bypasses Stoupa which is a good thing. But the roads into Stoupa are quite narrow and can be a bit chaotic with cars trying to squeeze in and out of the town. If you are staying here you may have to walk to your accommodation from the main road as coaches cannot make it through the narrow roads.
There are two large, well stocked and air conditioned supermarkets on the main road on the north and south edges of town which are cheaper than the smaller stores in town. The supermarket to north is unpronouncable [and unreadable] to us British peeps so it’s easier to call it Morrisons. Katerina’s in the south does not pose the same problem.
Parking in Stoupa can be a bit of a nightmare in peak season. You can park on the north road into Stoupa [sign posted ‘Kalogria Beach’] which is just opposite the unpronouncable supermarket. If you see Katerina’s Market which is further south on other side of the road you have missed the turning.
Assuming that you turned down the correct road, if you continue you will find a small car park on the left before the road bends left towards Stoupa’s main beach. The bottom part of the road is one way although this is sometimes ignored. The recycling bins have now been moved near to the church creating a few more spaces here. Another option is to park in the south of Stoupa near the church.
There’s a large choice of places to stay to fit most budgets, from camping and self catering apartments to villas and plush hotels if you look on Tripadvisor. Some of these are the other side of the main bypass road so you will have a ten minute walk into Stoupa itself.
We stay at the family run Theoxenia Apartments which has a decent pool and is well located. It’s on the small quiet road on the right near the car park.
The first time we booked to stay here we hired a car and drove from Kalamata Airport. I had tried looking for it in advance on Google maps but it did not show up and there is no clear sign on the property itself. Even the tour operator did not know where it was and they actually gave me the wrong address in Messinia for a similarly named property which was miles away!