Stoupa is a seaside village in West Mani region gifted with stunning sandy beaches which stretch along the coast line.
It's packed with great restaurants, seafood taverns, Greek taverns, cafes, pubs and nightclubs, as well as with plenty of shops and all kind of services.
But Stoupa is not only about family holidays. It is the gateway for exploring the magnificent scenery of Mani on foot, by bike or by car and the ancient sites of Ancient Messini, Spartas, Mistra and Olympia, are easily reached from here.
BEACHES : Kalogria, Stoupa, Delfinia, Ritsa, Foneas, Pantazi and Gnospi are all in a few minutes drive away.
Along the coast there are other charming SEASIDE VILLAGES to visit, like Kardamili, Agios Nikolaos, Agios Dimitrios and Trachila. Each one is unique and is well worth a visit.
Stoupa is the ideal centre for the discovery of the area.
In a distance from 1 to 15 km from villa Ialeira, there are lovely MOUNTAIN VILLAGES to explore, that takes you back in time 60 years ago. The most of them have a small tavern or two where you can stop and enjoy dishes prepared with local products.
The delicious local cuisine, make these destinations more worthy of your visit.
SIGHTSEEING : More than 200 Byzantine and post Byzantine small churches with magnificent frescoes is scattered in the greater Mani area in Greece.
Worth visiting are also the famous Mani towers such as Douraki at Kastania, Kitriniari at Exohori, Mourtzinou at Old Kardamyli and Christea at Agios Dimitrios.
The famous in the world Dirou Cave (30km) and the unexplored Cave of Katafygi.
Old Footpaths and the fantastic Vyrou and Noupanti Gorges. Mistras Byzantine castle city (98km).
SPECIAL INTEREST HOLIDAYS :
Walking Holidays : There are many old footpaths and the beautiful Virou and Noupanti Gorges ( Viros gorge : It is 20 km long and is located just outside Kardamili. Its wild beauty is similar to Samaria gorge. Viros gorge is surrounded by many different signed routes, all of which pass by scenic villages with Byzantine chapels and beautiful stone buildings. You can walk until Viros river springs (2hours and 30 minutes). After that the gorge becomes difficult to walk through. Close to Viros springs several old flour mills are still preserved. The route starts from old Kardamili by going up inside the gorge. After almost an hour you will see the white/red sign that leads to Likaki monastery. Continuing towards the gorge's bed and after an hour you will reach Sotiros monastery located in the right side of the gorge. There is a visible pathway which goes upwards and leads directly to Pedino settlement ).
Cycling holidays : There is a paved path along the coastline between Stoupa and Agios Nikolaos. It is specifically for pedestrian either bicycle use, and is about 2.5 km in length. It offers wonderful sea views with a mountain background.
Diving holidays : In Kardamili village you will find the Kardamili diving center which will give you the opportunity to discover the wonders of the underwater life.
Off-Road holidays : Vassiliki Forest, one of the greater black pine forests in Europe, is easily accessible with an SUV from Saidona or Milia village, an alternative way to wander in Taygetos mountain.
Costa Navarino new golf courses : 85 km (less than 2 hours drive).
ARCHAEOlOGICAL SITES :
Old Kardamili 10 km (10 minutes drive)
Ancient Messini 76 km (1 hour and 20 minutes drive)
Mystras Byzantine Town 98 km (1 hour and 35 minutes drive)
Ancient Olympia 160 km (2 hours and 30 minutes drive)