: Kalogria Beach
: Costa Navarino
PELOPONNESE REGION is the southernmost point of mainland Greece. It is a magical different region where you will discover the beauty of rural Greece. Spend blissful holidays exploring the stunning coastline with idyllic beaches and quaint fishing villages. Travel inland and will find a Tranquil Landscape untouched by time, Ancient Temples, Byzantine Churches and Venetian Castles that evoke memories of a forgotten world.
MESSINIAN MANI is a stunningly beautiful area in the southern Peloponnese region in Greece. It has fascinating and colorful History and impressive unique Architecture. Benefiting from an ideal climate, the absence of heavy industry and large cities, the area has a very clean environment, stunning mountain scenery and a crystal clear sea.
STOUPA is a seaside village of Messinian Mani with very ancient history which can charm the visitor all the seasons of the year. Stoupa is packed with great restaurants, seafood taverns, bar and nightclubs, ATM bank as well as plenty of shops and places of historical interest. Stoupa was once just a small fishing harbor, but its fine beaches, the best in the region, have made it a popular small holiday resort since the nineteen-eighties.
But Stoupa is not only about family holidays. It is the gateway to some wonderful opportunities for exploration to the magnificent scenery of Mani on foot, by bike or car and the ancient sites of Olympia, Sparta and Mistra are easily reached from here. 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). Vassiliki Forest, one of the greater Black Pine Forests in Europe, is easily accessible with SUV car from Saidona village, an alternative way to wander in Taygetos Mountain.
BEACHES : Kalogria, Stoupa, Delfinia, Ritsa, Foneas, Pantazi and Gnospi are all in a few minutes drive away.
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 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.
GOLF COURSES :
Costa Navarino new golf courses : 85 km (less than 2 hours drive).