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The living room opens onto the terrace overlooking the garden and olive groves

Chalet | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 3

Key Info
  • Beach or lakeside relaxation
  • Suitable for children over 5
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden
  • Car not necessary
  • Nearest beach 0.8km

Villa Kazantzakis in Stoupa is a simple, detached holiday home set in its own garden in a peaceful olive grove, 10 minutes walk to the fine sandy beaches, bars and tavernas of Stoupa, Greece.

The property comprises: twin bedroom, fully-tiled shower room with washbasin and WC, a new kitchen with a gas hob and a fridge with icebox and a living room opening to a private terrace with views of the sea through the olive trees. A convertible sofa bed in the living room could accommodate a third adult.

Stoupa is a small coastal village located in the Southern Peloponnese, around 45km South of Kalamata on the Mani Peninsula. Besides its connection with Kazantzakis, it is known for its two exceptional beaches.

Kalogria beach, 10 minutes walk from Villa Kazantzakis, is a match for any in the Caribbean with a wide swathe of powdery pale sand in a picturesque, sheltered bay. Nikos Kazantzakis, the author of Zorba the Greek, rented a house on the Southern headland at Kalogria and in the Summer put a table for writing in the small cave facing the beach, while the real-life Giorgis Zorbas lived in a hut on the North side of the bay.

Stoupa's main beach is a few minutes further, past the bust of Nikos Kazantzakis and the little Agricultural bank. This is a 500m long, crescent shaped sandy beach backed by tavernas, bars and gift shops mostly set in old buildings that were the original houses of Stoupa.

Size Sleeps up to 3, 1 bedrooms
Nearest beach Kalogria Beach 800 m
Will consider House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest Amenities 100 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Kalamata 50 km
Family friendly Suitable for children over 5
Notes Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed

Features and Facilities

Standard Kettle, Toaster
Utilities Fridge
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden

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Stoupa is a small coastal village located in the Southern Peloponnese, around 45km South of Kalamata on the Mani Peninsula. Besides its connection with Kazantzakis, it is known for its two exceptional beaches.

Kalogria beach, 10 minutes walk from Villa Kazantzakis, is a match for any in the Caribbean with a wide swathe of powdery pale sand in a picturesque, sheltered bay. There are underwater springs from the mountains at Kalogria keeping the water crystal clear and superb for snorkelling. Sun loungers are plentiful with some provided free by the beach tavernas.

Nikos Kazantzakis rented a house on the Southern headland at Kalogria and in the Summer put a table for writing in the small cave facing the beach, while George Zorba lived in a hut on the North side.

Stoupa's main beach is a few minutes further, past the bust of Nikos Kazantzakis and the little Agricultural bank office. This is a 500m long, crescent shaped sandy beach backed by tavernas, bars and gift shops mostly set in old buildings that were the original houses of Stoupa.

The small harbour on the Southern end of the beach was once the only means of getting to and from Stoupa. Even in Kazantzakis' time, there was no road and everything came and left by boat. The main beach is pictured (left) in early May - just before the first charter flight of the season.

The tavernas of Stoupa are generally excellent - possibly due to the upmarket, critical clientele that Stoupa tends to attract. However prices do vary without relation to the quality. Here are a few recommendations from personal experience. Please let us have yours!

Top of our list is 'Ageliki's Spitiko' at the Northern end of Stoupa's main beach. The food is all homemade and many of the raw ingredients are now home-grown too. With honest prices, white linen tablecloths and friendly and helpful service, it is hard to beat.

'Taverna Panorama', turn right just before the Agricultural Bank on the road from Kalogria to Stoupa, has the best sunset views but the food can be a little inconsistent. Start your night here with an ouzo and you probably won't go wrong, unless you fall off the cliff that is.

'Pefko' on the Southern end of Stoupa beach rightly deserves its reputation for quality and presentation but is pricier than most.

The cheapest place with a good location is probably the pizza/pasta place near the centre of Stoupa beach, popular with young Greek holidaymakers.

On Kalogria beach, 'Pitzipas', the 'blue & white' taverna offers reasonable prices and a classic Greek taverna experience (think paper tablecloths) except for the surprisingly efficient service.

To sit at one of the tavernas on Kalogria beach at sunset, if only for a carafe of wine and some tzatziki, is a special experience in itself.

Generally, house wine by the kilo is a bargain compared to the UK and the white is usually more palatable than the rose or red.

The strength of Greek cuisine is the huge variety of delicious starters. Eat with Greeks and you will find there is no such thing as a 'main course'. Rather the table gets chaotically loaded with tasty little dishes which are shared by all with bread and wine. When in Greece.....

There is a supermarket 100m, or a minute's walk, from the front door of Villa Kazantzakis through the olive grove. They have daily fresh bread, eggs, milk, beer, wine and most other provisions.

There is a large supermarket around 5 minutes walk away with a much wider selection and clearly marked prices!

For the widest choice, but rarely lower prices, there is Katerina's hypermarket on the main road around 1km, or 10 minutes walk, away.

Katerina also has a smaller establishment opposite the main Stoupa beach, near the centre. This concentrates on tourist's needs and this is where you will find English newspapers, guidebooks, sun cream, beach gear etc.

Stoupa has two ATMs - a new one at the Agricultural Bank on the road between Kalogria and Stoupa main beaches and another outside Katerina's market in the centre of Stoupa beach.

Most of the tavernas in Stoupa now have free Wi-Fi. If a password is required, just ask. If you would like a permanent connection, currently the best value appears to be a SIM card for the Wind network available for the price of the credit that comes with it from Katerina's. Take your passport to complete the registration process and buy extra credit as required in the form of vouchers. Dial 1268 to load credit. 5 Euros buys 500 MB of data by sending the text 100MB to 1210. There is 100MB bonus if buy the 'Surf Bundle' online. The username and password are both “wap” and the APN is “gint.b-online.gr”. If you have an iPhone or iPad bring a micro-SIM card cutter.

Stoupa is a wonderful out of season when the beaches are almost deserted and the pace of life slowed back down. All the established tavernas remain open and the old men retake their favourite seats. The 'season' is really determined by the vagaries of the charter airlines rather than by the weather. Having a Southern Mediterranean climate, you will still find people still sunbathing on the beach and swimming in December. January through March are colder and wetter but there are still many sunny days to be had for exploring and doing things the Summer heat inhibits.

There is also a thriving ex-pat community who live in and around Stoupa all year round and who are especially active during the Winter months: organising walks, table-top sales, fund-raising events for animal welfare and the voluntary fire service, putting on shows and the like. Here is their event diary if you are interested.

Visitors to Stoupa are always especially welcome out of season, not least because they made the effort to come.

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