Discover the Mani from Stoupa at Mythos Villas
It is a traditional settlement of Messinian Mani with unique natural beauty and a wonderful climate (It is 45km from Kalamata and 55km from the airport). Between two sandy beaches. with crystal waters, there are many restaurants and café bars. In a ten-minute distance we can find the picturesque Kardamili with its castles of Mani’s architecture and the beautiful fishing village of St. Nickolaos. In a 40 – minute driving distance we can see Limeni, Aeropoli and Deros Caves.
Kardamili (variously transliterated as Kardamyle, Cardamyle, Kardhamili, and Kardamyli, and sometimes called “Skardamoula”, especially on old maps) is a town by the sea thirty-five kilometers southeast of Kalamata. It is the seat of the municipality of Lefktro in the region of Messenia on the Mani Peninsula. The area is filled with beaches: Ritsa, Belogianni, Salio, Tikla, Amoni, Santava. The older town includes a mediaeval castle and outworks, and the imposing church of Saint Spyridon. Many of the buildings of Old Kardamili, also known as “Pano Kardamili”, or “Upper Kardamili” were built by the Venetians and feature a mix of traditional Greek and Venetian design. The skyline of Kardamyli, like many other Maniot towns and villages, is dominated by the distinctive regional architectural of the various towers built by scions of the Nikliani clans, the mediaeval aristocracy of the Mani. Source: Wikipedia
Vatheia is a village on the Mani Peninsula,in south-eastern Laconia. The local community of Vatheia is named after this village. The aforementioned local community is a subdivision of the municipal unit of Oitylo. It is known for its tower-houses built on a hill dominating the surrounding countryside. Vatheia is linked by road north to Areopoli and Kalamata and south to Cape Matapan also known as Tenaro. In the northern and eastern direction, the southern reaches of the Saggias mountain range overlook the village. Farmland and maquis shrubland cover the hill slopes. On the hills and mountain sides around Vatheia proper are clusters of abandoned houses, towers and chapels known as the perichora, meaning environs. Currently, Vatheia is a tourist attraction during spring and summer due to the abundance of wild flowers that cover the nearby hills and its scenic views. Moreover, it serves as an iconic example of the south Maniot vernacular architecture as it developed during the 19th century. The nearest villages are Kyparissos, Alika and Gerolimenas to the north-west and Lagia to the north-east. Source: Wikipedia
Mystras or Mistras also known as Myzithras in the Chronicle of the Morea, is a fortified town and a former municipality in Laconia, Peloponnese, Greece. Situated on Mt. Taygetos, near ancient Sparta, it served as the capital of the Byzantine Despotate of the Morea in the 14th and 15th centuries, experiencing a period of prosperity and cultural flowering. The site remained inhabited throughout the Ottoman period, when it was mistaken by Western travellers for ancient Sparta. In the 1830s, it was abandoned and the new town of Sparti was built, approximately eight kilometres to the east. Source: Wikipedia
It is one of the best towns in Greece where anyone can visit, throughout the year. With a coastline of 2.5 km in length, the Venetian castle, many museums, the Byzantine historic church of Holly Apostles and the railway park is just a two- hour drive from Athens. Leaving Stoupa behind, it is worth visiting and admiring a ‘ gem’ of the Greek folklore art, the “Victoria G. Karelia collection of Greek traditional costumes”, vgkareliascollection.com which is housed in a beautiful building of the 19th century. This collection consists of a large number of complete outfits , worm by men and women from all regions of Greece, as well as pieces of jewellery. Αn enchanting journey through history, culture, aesthetics and art.
Monemvasia is a town and a municipality in Laconia, Greece. The town is located on a small island off the east coast of the Peloponnese. The island is linked to the mainland by a short causeway 200m in length. Its area consists mostly of a large plateau some 100 metres above sea level, up to 300 m wide and 1 km long, the site of a powerful medieval fortress. The town walls and many Byzantine churches remain from the medieval period. The seat of the municipality is the town Molaoi. The town’s name derives from two Greek words, mone and emvasia, meaning “single entrance”. Its Italian form, Malvasia, gave its name to Malmsey wine. Monemvasia’s nickname is the Gibraltar of the East or The Rock. Source: Wikipedia
Elafonisos is a small Greek island between the Peloponnese and Kythira. It lies off the coast of Cape Malea and Vatika. The area of the island is 19 square kilometres. Elafonisos map. The population is between 300 and 350 during the winter but increases dramatically in the summer months. During July and August the number of tourist visitors reach over 3,000 per day (bringing with them some 1,600 cars). Many people visit the island for its light coloured, sandy beaches. Among the most well known of its beaches are Sarakiniko, Fragos (Simos) and Panagias Nissia, all filled with blue-green waters. The Main Inhabiting Families that run and manage the island are the Mentis, Psaromati, Barbarossa and Aronis families. Elafonisos is by far the largest inhabited island in the Peloponnese archipelago, and the only one that is a separate municipality. There are also some archaeological discoveries to explore on the island and in the surrounding waters. The main church of the community is Agios Spyridon, which is built on a tiny separate piece of land which is connected by a bridge over shallow waters to the rest of the island. The community’s land area also includes 3 km2 of the mainland consisting mainly of the famous Punta Beach. Source: Wikipedia
Oitylo pronounced Vitsoulo, in the native Maniot dialect is a village and a former municipality in Laconia, Peloponnese, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality East Mani, of which it is a municipal unit. It is one of the oldest towns in the Mani Peninsula. It was mentioned in the Iliad by Homer as Oetylοs (Οίτυλος), as part of Menelaus’ kingdom. In the Middle Ages, Oitylo grew to become the most important town in Messenian Mani. The only town in Mani that rivaled Oitylos in numbers of pirates was Skoutari. Now Areopoli has taken Oitylo’s place as most important town in Laconian Mani. Areopoli was also the seat of the municipality of Oitylo, which is located on the western half of the Mani Peninsula in the extreme southwestern part of Laconia. Source: wikipedia
Limeni, the Mavromichali’s family erstwhile settlement, is one of the most beautiful and traditional coastal village of Mani. Located in just 5 km from Areopoli and approximately 27 km from Gythion. The village is very picturesque and of a unique beauty as it combines harmoniously the sea and the unique landscape. Source: www.pirgosmavromichali.gr/limeni-laconia
Areopoli is a town on the Mani Peninsula, Laconia, Greece. The word Areopoli means “city of Ares”, the ancient Greek god of war. It was the seat of Oitylo municipality. Areopoli was called Tsimova by the invading Slavs during the 7th century AD. The Greek War of Independence was started at Areopoli on the 17th of March 1821 by Petros Pierrakos, also known as Petros Mavromichalis, the last bey of Mani. Now Areopoli has grown into a flourishing town. Its tower houses, constructed with field stones, are distinct from the traditional blue and white buildings that characterize many Greek villages. Areopoli is situated near the west coast of the Mani Peninsula, 1.5 km from its port Limeni. It is 20 km southwest of Gytheio. There is lively open air market in the main square each Saturday, with a lot of local producers present. Source: Wikipedia
A historical unique land where the sea, the rocky mountains and the sun are blended harmoniously . A region with distinctive natural beauty and wonderful climate. Rocks which ‘touch’ the sea, picturesque villages and churches, castle- houses (traditional architectural design of Mani), sandy beaches, vast olive groves compose a spectacular scenery which fascinate every visitor.
KALOGRIA: A beach famous for its white sand and its turquoise waters. The small house next to the sea shore is where N. Kazatzakis wrote his novel “Alexis Zorbas” (known as ‘Zorbas the Greek’) FONEAS: It was regarded as the favorite spot f the pirates. The rock in the middle of the sea shore is ideal for plunging into the waters.
In Stoupa, like all over Mani, you will find a rich, traditional cuisine with local products: the excellent quality olive oil, the olives and the honey. In all restaurants of the area you can enjoy traditional tastes of Mani like: -the popular ‘siglino’ (smoked pork -meat with aromatic herbs) -the famous ‘lalagia’ – Mani’s pasta – the traditional ‘thiples’: a sweet for wedding days and for all joys of life! Mani’s traditional diet is ideal, according to experts, so as to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This fact, alone, proves that Mani’s local produce and dishes are among those things everyone should try at least once in his/her lifetime.
Stoupa is built on the foothills of a long mountain range o of Tayetos whose wild natural beauty overwhelms every visitor. Steep slopes , caves and canyons create a marvelous mountainous landscape. The fans of sports and mountains can also enjoy cycling, hiking on marked footpaths and mountaineering.
In Stoupa there is also a Dive Centre, which gives anyone interested, the chance to add to his/her summer experiences: the one of diving. (e-mail: dive firstname.lastname@example.org) You can do cycling in a wonderful cycling- route which joins Stoupa with the picturesque harbor of St Nickolaos. Cycling or simply walking next to the sea, you can enjoy the endless blue of the Messinian Bay , the tall cliffs and the colorful sunset.
“kazatzakia”: Every year, in September , in Stoupa a lot of cultural events are dedicated to our famous writer N. Kazatzakis. Very close to Stoupa (4km), in the picturesque Kardamili, every year, in May, the ‘Kardamili International Jazz Festival’ takes place. Over 50 live-concerts, free of charge, give their performances in almost all cafes, restaurants and taverns.
Ancient Messini (30km from Kalamata), one of the most significant ancient cities, is also one of the best preserved ancient Hellenic cities of Greece. One can admire the Arcadian Gate with its eight towers, the Acropolis, the Theater, the Stadium and the Heroon.
THE CAVES OF DEROS
The caves of Deros are perhaps the most spectacular natural site in Greece. These extraordinary caves have been inhabited since Neolithic Times. The magic of their color and their beautiful shapes, formed by the ‘stalactites and stalagmites’ , make it a unique spectacle. Their view is breathtaking. It has a land and sea part whose touring is done by boats.