During our 2008 holiday to Koroni we travelled over to "the other side". We stopped for a drink in Kardimili, the first port of call when you drop back down to the coast. It was very hot and not a lot of shade to be found. All the places that were open were on the main road, so not that peaceful. We ended up at To Aloni whose customers seemed to...more
About 10km. north of Stoupa is Kardimili, a lovely seaside village with a good, long pebble beach a kilometre or so away. At the far end of this is a campsite. There are some pretty, old properties here and inland are the ruins of the even older village.There are plenty of places to stay though many may be block-booked by holiday companies. There...more
Take the road south from Ag. Nikolaos and before long you come to the lovely beach near Ag. Dimitrios, known as Pantazi.In the early days it was very quiet but I expect it's pretty popular now.We would build a fire here in the evenings and grill chops over it. Delicious, washed down with retsina.On a sadder note, we heard of peoples' vehicles being...more
It's quite possible to walk the 2km. to Ag. Nick. but it's easier to drive!It's a picturesque fishing boat harbour village with a few waterside tavernas. There is no beach but it's a pleasant place to while away an hour or two.Even the resident ducks are an amusing activity to watch!!There is accommodation available and a few shops and P.O.RETURNED...more
You can't stay at Stoupa without visiting the Inner Mani. The contrasting scenery on the two different coastlines is very apparent and you will not find more interesting and varied scenery elsewhere. It has a strange and mysterious quality to it with many ancient churches and the old villages with their tower houses, built to defend themselves from...more
When driving from Stoupa in the direction of Kalamata you will pass this lovely little cove, fairly close to Stoupa. It was an excellent stopping off place for a quick swim when en-route northwards. It was not a sandy beach, mainly stony so it was adviseable to wear shoes in the water.It was a short walk down.We usually had this place to ourselves...more
This was the only place you could get take-away souvlaki in Stoupa, in 1993. When we ate here, the only other people were locals, I think part of the family and friends of Kosta. We became involved with these folks, even though we couldn't understand much of what was being said. After a few retsinas, we were all best of friends and great things...more
This was a little gem as far as we were concerned. It was away from the sea front and in a quiet location. We were made to feel very welcome by both mother and teenage son team. Were invited into the kitchen to look in the pans and make our choice, although they did have a menu so we knew what we would be paying.Nikos, the son, was very good with...more
I daresay there is plenty of nightlife in Stoupa now but when we were there we were perfectly happy to watch the sun go down and enjoy a good evening's entertainment people watching in a taverna.
Facing west, the sunsets were brilliant.
Dress Code: Whatever takes your fancy.
Most of the roads around Stoupa are of good quality, probably better than in England but there is a lot of climbing to do if you want to get off the beaten track and into the mountains. Be aware that distances do not always appear great but the nature of the road means your journey could be longer than anticipated.
Heading into the villages above Stoupa, we found ourselves on dirt tracks and became hopelessly lost. Still, it was all beautiful scenery and there were great views down to the coast.
Because this area of the Peloponnese is such a popular destination, many people have decided this is where they want to have a holiday home or in lots of cases, move permanently here. This is very much in evidence with all the new buildings popping up on the hillsides and spare land behind the beaches and resorts of Stoupa and Ag. Nik.Ok, most of...more
Take the minor road south of Aghios Nikolaos for about 5km. to the end of the line and you'll hit Trachila, a tiny village perched on a rocky cove. No beach but there are steps into the water. There are a couple of old fashioned tavernas here with friendly proprietors and a wonderful atmosphere.We were forever being given mezes with our drinks...more
Take the road inland into the mountains from Stoupa up to Neochori, Saidona, Kastania and Karavouni. This is a fantastic route, with superb mountain views and beautiful green trees everywhere. We stopped in Saidona and had a drink at a little place under a big fruit tree of some sorts. Later we stopped in Karavouna for a drink with the old boys in...more
Take the road into the mountains from Prosilio and you arrive at Tseria, a really Greek little place. The only place we could find for a drink was authentic Greece with a tiny verandah looking down hundreds of feet towards the sea.This, we felt, was the Greece we were looking for. No concessions to tourism here. Today, I have my doubts. So many...more
Travel along the coast road south of Stoupa towards Trahila. Interesting cliffs and caves and a spectacular blue, blue sea from the rocks.
We were told by a Dutch family that there is big sea cave along here that is a bit of a scramble down to. We had a jolly good look but just couldn't find it, rather annoyingly.
Fondest memory: The area south of Stoupa, from Ag. Nik. to Trahila. The colour of the water plunging straight from the rocks was a blue never to be forgotten.