STOUPA

...the gemstone of Messenia

This recently built village has expanded rapidly at this popular resort. In ancient times it was called Potamos thanks to the river (in Greek, the word for river is potami) which cuts through it. This was changed to Stoupa, because of the stoupia (Greek for flax) that the locals used to soak in the sea so that it was easier to work with. It has two picturesque sandy beaches with facilities for visitors, and shallow crystal clear water. Both beaches are a magnet for visitors from all over the world. The landscape around here is splendidly diverse. It has some real gems, true gifts from Mother Nature, streams, springs, some amazing caves, lakes, tiny islands and a hill with a kastro (castle). There are some beautiful excursions you can go on in the surrounding area. The local cafes, tavernas and caf?-bars along the beach offer something for everybody - whatever your gastronomic tastes may be!

The beautiful coastline around Kalogeria has become famous around the world. It is here that Kazantzakis and Zorbas stayed in 1917. They got to know one another and their friendship blossomed. It inspired the writer to pen his masterpiece Zorbas the Greek.

Not far away stands the little village of Lefktron. It was from here that the first families came down and slowly began to build Stoupa. This is the site of an ancient city, also called Lefktron. It has been destroyed on many occasions and its ancient acropolis was, in the past, conquered by the Franks and the Venetians.

The Kastro (castle) of Lefktron was mentioned by the writer Pausanias.

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