Things to do
Sun, sea and sand
There are numerous beautiful beaches in the immediate area of Stoupa. Stoupa itself has 3 sandy beaches and you will find more sandy beaches in Agios Nikolaos. If you go towards Kardamyli you will find beaches with pebbles. Some beaches have a taverna, others are more isolated.
Read more about the beaches around Stoupa
The Peleponnese has a lot of ancient sites that are within a day's distance from Stoupa. How about Olympia, Mystras, Mycene, Sparta and Epidauros as a few examples?
A lot of people come to Mani (Stoupa is in Mani) for its beautiful Taygetos mountain range, forests and gorges. The area around Stoupa is wonderful to go 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. Maps and books with local walks are available in most shops. Very often your walks will offer you splendid vistas of the sea and the mountains. Especially in spring nature is everywhere and abundant with flowers.
Find out more information about hiking and maps
Proastio Riding Centre
Another way to enjoy your surroundings is to go horse riding. There is an excellent horse riding center in Proastio, within 6 km's from Villa To Kyma.
You can have classical riding lessons in the arena or go on a trail in the mountains. Deborah Watts runs the horse riding center and
has been riding and teaching for over 30 years. She ran her own stable in Ireland for ten years before moving to Greece. She is a very sensitive and intuitive teacher, who reads both horse and rider with equal accuracy.
Read more about the Proastio Riding Centre
Cycling is another sport that is done a lot in the Mani. It is possible to bring your own bicycle by air but bicycles are also for rent in Stoupa and Agios Nikolaos.
More info about cycling and bike rent
Most villages in the area have restaurants and taverna's.
People are usually very relaxed and friendly there. The area has a few disco's, more can be found in Kalamata. Stoupa (500 m.) and Kardamyli (6 km) are very lively at night with lots of people doing their 'volta' (stroll). Agios Nikolaos (3 km) is a smaller and quieter fisherman's village but this also has a couple of tavernas. In Summer, the open air theatre in the mountains above Agios Nikolaos offers theatre and live music. Kalamata (45 kms) has a wide variety in night life.
There are small shops in most villages where you can find things like traditional food. Stoupa and Kardamyli have a few supermarkets and some giftshops. Kalamata has lots of shops in the old center but be aware that they usually close around 14.00.
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