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Holidays in Stoupa
Stoupa is a delightful former fishing village located in the Mani region of the Peloponnese, perched on Greece’s southern tip. Popular for its easy-going, traditional feel and incredible natural beauty, Stoupa provides tranquillity and adventure in equal measures. The beach is one of the prettiest in the region, and you’re also close to historic Mystras and the mysterious Diros Caves.
Early summer is popular for warm sunshine without the humidity.
Kalamata International Airport (KLX).
Explore the dramatic Diros Cave, hike through the Mani’s lush landscapes or look forward to a little peace and quiet on the beach when you book a Thomas Cook holiday to Stoupa.
Adjust to the warm Greek weather with a little time spent on Stoupa Beach, one of the finest in the area with its gentle curve of sand and crystal clear waters. The coast is a fantastic place to dive and snorkel, and the beach provides everything you need for a relaxing day by the sea. When you’re up for some adventure, take a hike through the rolling hills of the Mani or plan a trip to the UNESCO listed Mystras, famous for its 13th century fortress. Back in Stoupa, the town retains a traditional Greek atmosphere in the balmy evenings, with the action taking place in the upbeat local tavernas and restaurants.
Stoupa’s main beach is a horseshoe-shaped bay of soft, golden sand. The bay arches around the blue-tinted sea with its beautifully clear, shallow shore that is ideal for swimming and paddling. Snorkelling and diving are popular things to do in Stoupa, with a local centre providing excursions to enjoy the clear waters teeming with colourful marine life. You can also stay closer to home and rent a pedalo or try canoeing. If you’d rather relax by the water, there are plenty of sun beds and umbrellas to go around, plus several good beachfront tavernas providing refreshments.
Stoupa is situated in an incredibly beautiful part of Greece, nestled in between a turquoise coast and the rolling scenery of the Peloponnese, thick with hilly olive groves and bright green cypress trees. The region is popular with hikers and cyclists, with many different routes to explore that provide magnificent views of the area. Stoupa is also close to the spectacular Diros Caves, located in Pirgos Diros. The caves are a series of dramatic chambers filled with stalagmites and stalactites, emerging at a large, glittering lake. The caves are one of the most intriguing places to visit in Stoupa, and are a must for visitors keen on exploring.
Stoupa is one of the jewels of the Mani Peninsula of Peloponnese, and is ideally situated for exploring the attractions of the region. Gems like the UNESCO Heritage Site Mystras is just over an hour’s drive away, a 13th century fortress used by Byzantines, Turks and Venetians. Sightseers will also love the historic centre of nearby Kalamata, filled with interesting museums, churches and the famous Castle of Kalamata. After a day of exploring, the best place to go in Stoupa is the bustling waterfront, home to a lovely choice of Greek tavernas, seafood restaurants and sun-drenched waterfront bars.
Beach lovers: The picturesque Stoupa Beach provides all the silky golden sand, clear waters and seafront tavernas that a beach lover could want.
Couples: Stoupa is the ideal choice for a couples’ holiday, with its breathtaking natural beauty and fun, easy-going atmosphere.
Adventurers: If you love to explore, Stoupa places you in the thick of the region’s landscapes, with attractions like the Diros Caves.
Language: The language spoken in Stoupa is Greek
Currency: The currency used in Stoupa is the Euro (€)
Local time: Stoupa is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Kalamata International Airport (KLX)
Flight time from UK: Approximately 3.5 hours
Tourist Information: Further Stoupa tourist information can be found at www.visitgreece.gr/en/destinations/peloponnese
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Stoupa
Temperature: Summer average temperature of 25°C.
Best time to visit: Early summer is popular for warm sunshine without the humidity.
The Peloponnese region of Greece enjoys a sunny Mediterranean climate, featuring long, dry summers and mild winters. The temperatures in Stoupa reach the mid 20s (°C) around May and June, with July and August often peaking at 30 °C.
By bus: Buses are a good option for getting around in the Peloponnese. The bus services tend to be cheap and run regularly from Stoupa to nearby resorts and towns like Kalamata.
By taxi: Taxis are readily available in the area and can be an affordable option for sightseeing or airport transfers. Today taxis are strictly regulated and are considered affordable and efficient transport.
By car: Driving is a great way to be able to explore beyond Stoupa and visit attractions in your own time. The roads in the Peloponnese are generally good, and driving in the area is considered safe.
Independence Day: Greece celebrates its Independence Day on March 25th, with all kinds of festivities and events taking place across the country. The nearby city of Kalamata is a great place to experience Independence Day, with several days of parades, music and firework displays.
Dance festival: Also in Kalamata, around 45 minutes’ drive from Stoupa, is the annual Kalamata International Dance Festival. Running for over 20 years, the festival takes place in July and hosts exciting events in venues across the city. The event features both up and coming and established dancers and choreographers from all over the country.