Stoupa and the surrounding area have all the ingredients for a perfect Greek holiday including fantastic beaches, traditional restaurants, and abundant sunshine. The area is renowned for its serene and relaxing atmosphere. The crystal clear turquoise water of the Mediterranean provides great swimming, snorkelling and diving opportunities. There are popular beaches such as Kalogria to the more remote and peaceful Delfinia (pictured above).
Away from the beach there are various mountain and fishing villages to explore such as Kastania, Milea, Trahila and Agios Nikolaos. The latter has a nice harbour which is a great spot to dine and enjoy a glass of wine or cold beer at dusk. The Messinian Mani is famous for its stone towers and distinct archaeological style. Excursions further afield from Stoupa include the Caves of Diros, Kalamata, Mystras, Monemvasia and Ancient Messene.
For sporty types there are good hiking routes and footpaths. Bicycles can be hired in many places and a popular route is between Stoupa and Agios Nikolaos on a designated coastal path. PADI diving courses are available at Kalogria beach in Stoupa, as well as guided dives that explore interesting sites on the Mediterranean coast. A modern tennis court was built in the summer of 2018 which can be hired throughout the day or in the evening.
For nature enthusiasts there are exceptionally beautiful landscapes. Springtime is magical when the olive groves burst into colour with wild flowers. There is a small selection of wild animals you may encounter in this beautiful area, including tortoises, foxes, jackals, badgers, pine martens, raptors and other birds. Turtles have been known to nest on local beaches and are occasionally seen by snorkellers. Stargazers are often highly rewarded.
There are special events throughout the year such as the Kardamyli Jazz Festival, the West Mani 10km fun run, and the Mani Pulse Festival. There are various entertainments, activities and events throughout the holiday season including charity bazaars, exhibitions, live music concerts, yoga courses, a literary festival, and numerous traditional village festivals. Easter is the most important religious and social festival here and throughout Greece.