An hour south of Kalamata on the edge of the Taygetos Mountains is Stoupa. It’s an excellent base to explore The Mani and beyond if you hire a car.

For more info of what to see and do in Stoupa, where to eat, beaches and more, scroll to the bottom of this page and click on the links.

Stoupa in the sun.

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.

Stoupa in the rain.

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.

Supermarkets

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.

Parking

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 Katrina’s Market which is further south on other side of the road you have missed the turning.

Free parking, and hairdryer.

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.

Accommodation

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 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!

View of Stoupa from Theoxenia.

QUICK LINKS:

The Mani Homepage

Things to see and do in Stoupa

Beaches

Wining and Dining

Kastania and the Taygetos Mountains

South of Stoupa to Itylo