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Hiking

A lot of people come to the Mani (Stoupa is in the Mani) for its beautiful Taygetos mountain range, forests and gorges. The area around Stoupa offers great opportunities for hiking. You will find a lot of walks signposted in the landscape, often using the ancient stone paths (kalderimi) that used to link the mountain villages. During your walks you will be rewarded with vistas of the sea and mountains. Herbs grow everywhere and give off their scent! Especially in spring nature is everywhere and abundant with flowers.

Maps and books with local walks are available in most shops.

You can also use the free ViewRanger App to find interesting walks in the area.

Hiking

A lot of people come to the Mani (Stoupa is in the Mani) for its beautiful Taygetos mountain range, forests and gorges. The area around Stoupa offers great opportunities for hiking. You will find a lot of walks signposted in the landscape, often using the ancient stone paths (kalderimi) that used to link the mountain villages. During your walks you will be rewarded with vistas of the sea and mountains. Herbs grow everywhere and give off their scent! Especially in spring nature is everywhere and abundant with flowers.

Maps and books with local walks are available in most shops.

You can also use the free ViewRanger App to find interesting walks in the area.

Hiking near Stoupa, Anavasi Maps

Anavasi Maps

It's a good idea to get yourself a hiking map. The green maps used around Stoupa are made by Anavasi. The maps show you all the footpaths but they also tell you what the hiking duration is between two places. So you can plan your own route and decide for yourself how long or difficult you want it to be. The maps include GPS coordinates. It is also wise to read the back of the map because this describes the condition of the footpaths (kalderimi). You can buy the maps at lots of places in and around Stoupa. For instance at Katerina's Supermarket in Stoupa, the supermarket in the harbour in Agios Nikolaos and at the Bookshop on the main road in Kardamyli.

Hiking near Stoupa, Anavasi Maps

Clothes

When you go on a walk it is advisable to wear good shoes and long trousers (do as we say not as we do-see photos). As soon as you leave the more cultivated areas almost all plants seem to have big thorns. Also the trousers help to prevent from getting bitten by insects or snakes. You will want to bring plenty of water and wear sunscreen.

Routes

Apart from using maps to plan your hike, you can also use a little book called ‘Inside the Mani, a walking guide’. In it you will find 10 local routes to walk, varying in duration and difficulty. Where ever possible, no transport is required. Maps guide you through villages and pay extra attention to churches and tower houses. There probably is a copy of it at Villa To Kyma. If not, then you will find it at the shops that sell maps, or online at https://www.insidemani.gr.

Hiking with a view