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Stoupa

Stoupa is a charming seaside village on the coast of southernPeloponnese in Greece. It is part of the municipality of Lefktro, in the prefecture of Messinia and the historic region of Mani Peninsula.

Greek writer Nikos Kazantzakis met Alexis Zorbas here, and part of the story in Zorba the Greek took place around here. There is a large statue of Nikos Kazantzakis on the cliff overlooking Kalogria beach, at the crossroad for the beach.

Stoupa is a charming seaside village located in the Mani, a stunning region in the southern Peloponnese, the coast of Greece defined by travel connoisseurs as the New Côte d'Azur. Set dramatically against a backdrop of crystalline aqua-blue waters, majestic cypress trees, wild olive groves, verdant rolling hills and distant snowcapped mountains, it is the liveliest of villages that overlook the seas and sunsets of the Messinian Gulf.

3 hours drive from either capital of Greece Athens or the port ofPatras, and just 40 km from the nearby city of Kalamata, it is one of the south Mediterranean's "coolest" and newest hotspots – also known as the "Laguna Beach of Lefktro": a small, laid-back and yet up-beat resort that boasts a bustling beachside promenade with a picturesque harbour and 2 of the best beaches in the Mani.

Stoupa is in a fascinating area called Mani, the only part of Greece never conquered by invaders. The Maniots built tower houses, some of which have been restored, and holed up in them carrying out local feuds. Just down the road from Stoupa is the village of Agios Nikolaos (also known as Selinitsa), a working fishing village which also has a number of restaurants but attracts fewer tourists thanStoupa.

Above Agios Nikolaos is the lovely small village called Rigklia. Other worth visiting places in the region include Kardamili (7km from Stoupa), Itilo (32km), Limeni (36km) and Aeropoli (40km).

Villa Kosta "Hotel & Apartmens"
Stoupa Messinia
tel: 27210 77026
fax: 27210 78311

email: info@villakosta.com