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Tucked away on the southern coast of the Peloponnese peninsula, Stoupa is a wonderful example of a resort in Greece that isn't too over the top. While the summer months bring a great deal of tourists looking for their own slice of sunshine, you can be safe in the knowledge that this sleepy village won't feel at all overcrowded.
Sandy beaches meet shallow, azure waters in various inlets and secluded bays ' perfect for snorkelling and swimming before heading to one of the local tavernas that can be found parallel to the beach. Whether you choose to stay in and around the resort or you prefer to explore a little further afield, great value Stoupa holidays will provide the perfect base for your Greek getaways.
The Caves of Pirgos Dirou
As the third largest of their kind in the world, the Diros caves, located in Pirgos Dirou, are an absolute must-see. Head underground for a journey through this fairytale grotto, where strategically placed lighting helps to highlight the nooks and crannies of this impressive cave system. Stalagmites and stalactites decorate the caves as you sail through the course on a 40 minute guided tour.
As the old capital city of Messenia, you can imagine the abundance of history that can be found within the limits of Ancient Ithomi. Plenty of ruins can be found in the area which, once upon a time, made up the prolific city of Messene, built over the existing ruins of Ithomi, which was destroyed by the Spartans years previous. A must for Time Team fans!
Journey through the breathtaking landscapes of the Langada until you arrive at the town of Mystras, once considered as the Byzantine capital of Greece. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it offers visitors a plethora of sights to see, including the impressive palace and some equally enthralling medieval ruins.
Dine at a Taverna in Agios Nikolaos
Embark on a five minute drive south from Stoupa and you will arrive in the quaint, traditional Greek fishing village of Agios Nikolaos. While it's smaller than its neighbour, this beautiful little village has a range of tavernas and restaurants that would provide you with top quality fare ' perfect if you fancy a change of pace, for an evening.
Snorkel in the Messenian Gulf
The calm, translucent waters that the resort of Stoupa overlooks are a perfect spot for swimming or snorkelling. Grab your flippers and enjoy an afternoon exploring what lies beneath the surface of the waters. There's a great snorkelling site at the end of Stoupa Beach which will provide you with the best conditions for the activity.
Chill out on Kalogria Beach
If you'd prefer to relax on the sands and watch the waves rolling in, a trip over the hill to Kalogria Beach is a must. Its turquoise waters are incredibly inviting, while the permanent volleyball net can be an extremely tempting sight for groups of holidaymakers looking for a little healthy competition!
Relaxing, calm, peaceful and full of warm and friendly locals; if these aspects make up your resort checklist, Stoupa is the place for you. You won't find the typical holiday vibes here as the watersports and energetic bars can be found elsewhere ' Stoupa is all about the easy life and would be perfect for anyone wanting to get away from it all.
Located at the head of the Messenian Gulf, Kalamata offers visitors ribbons of golden sand, sapphire waters and olive groves in every direction, the resort provides plenty of natural beauty as well as a multitude of restaurants and entertainment options to keep your schedule busy.
With a holiday on the Peloponnese peninsula, you can sample a piece of the quiet life. Stoupa holidays from Direct Holidays would be perfect if all you want to do is kick back and unwind this summer.