History of Stoupa
and Messinian Mani
Stoupa is a newly built little village which has become a famous tourist resort. Its initial name was Potamos (River) after the river that crossed the area but later on was renamed Stoupa after the “stoupia” that the inhabitants used to soak in the water in order to soften them and be able to elaborate them more easily. Stoupa’s 2 scenic, shallow, sandy beaches are well organized. The crystal waters attract visitors from all parts of the world. The diversity of the scenery is breathtaking. Small rivers, amazing caves, small ports and islands, the hill and the castle on top, are all in great harmony. Excursions in the region can offer you many thrills. Restaurants and taverns, bars and cafes cover every taste and every fashion. Particularly the beautiful beach of Kalogria is famous around the world because of Kazantzakis and Zorbas living there in 1917. It was there that they developed their friendship which later on led to Kazantzakis’ masterpiece “Zorba the Greek”.
Mani is a region in Southern Peloponnese, Greece with a unique historical, architectural, geographical and cultural identity.
Taygetus which is the highest mountain of Peloponnese frames the whole landscape of Mani and attracts the interest of researchers and travelers from around the world for its wild beauty, its paths, the forest of Vasiliki and the unique gorges of Viros and Rintomo.
The region of Mani is well-known for its of traditional villages, towers and castles while there are more than a thousand of old Byzantine churches.
At the Old town of Kardamili one can visit the impressive castellated towers and the Byzantine Temple of Saint Spyridon.
Other places of unique interest are the mountainous villages of Tseria, Pirgos, Thalames, Milea, Lagkada as well as the coastal ones of Aghios Nicolaos and Trachila..
Within the greater region of Messinia one can visit the palace of Nestor which is one of the most important monuments of the ancient Mycenaean era as well as the ancient Messini which is the best preserved ancient city in Greece with its public buildings, temples, fortresses and houses.
Other areas of interest are Polylimnio a gorge with waterfalls and a cluster of lakes, Diros Cave, and Vathia village in Laconia which is a well preserved and imposing settlement with towers and castles; a characteristic example of the traditional architecture of Mani