Stoupa is Stupendous

Stoupa (Peloponnese Greece) is Stupendous

This sunset has a lot to answer for!

We are driving along the coast, and had no idea there was a small tourist town down a little side road.  All I knew was there was an incredible sunset, and I wanted a photograph.

So here I am in Greece, chasing a sunset, with a nine year old by my side.

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Exploramum and Explorason – driving along we see a sunset

So we shoot down someone way skinny lanes, and next thing I find myself driving along the beach front.  It is a ‘U-shaped’ cove, and lined with restaurants, cafes and little stores.

And I want to stay!

So we stop and ask a lady if she knows where we can rent an apartment. She turns out to be the loveliest Greek lady ever, and she telephones a man who later we find out is the local Real Estate guru.

Next thing I know we are driving around the back streets of Stoupa following his car.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Stoupa beach sunset #1

He leads us here. To a lovely and authentic Greek stone apartment building.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Greek stone apartment outside

It is just perfect for us. It has wi-fi and a balcony where I can sit and have a morning coffee.

And we are alone and not far from the sea.

It has a small roll away kitchen – it is a kitchen in a cupboard a bit bigger than a caravan / camper van kitchen, and it works perfectly for us.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Greek stone apartment inside

Next morning it is breakfast on the balcony as the church bells ring different tunes.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Greek stone apartment – breakfast overlooking the church and sea

We head down to this sleepy Greek tourist town, and as the season is nearly over, it is quiet, but not deserted.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Stoupa on a Sunday morning

The cats seem to be everywhere, sunning themselves contentedly.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Stoupa cove

There is a small cove with fishing boats, and another cove on the other side. It is just so pretty.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Stoupa boats

We walk along and next thing, my toes are in. I can’t stop myself, as it feels so perfect.  This is warm water – in October – unbelievable.

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Exploramum and Explorason – crystal clear waters of Stoupa

Explorason finds a love heart shaped pebble. We have found a few of these of late, and I have since learnt there are many to be found, and many people who collect them.

The joy of this Sunday morning walk, is that we have time to stop, and explore nature.

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Exploramum and Explorason – love pebble

We walk right to the end of the beach.  It is lovely to rest under the thatched umbrellas. Pomegranate trees are above us.

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Exploramum and Explorason – cove at the other end of Stoupa

Our walk ended up near lunchtime, so we headed back for some relaxation time, and reading.

That evening we tried to make it for the sunset, but we just missed it. This time we went to the left of the cove, and found a small Greek restaurant, but we decided to move on to the main part of town.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Greek restaurant at the cove end

In fact, we walked all the way to the other end of town where there was a restaurant on the hill. It is a tranquil time of evening, and it is so nice to walk and talk – and relax and not rush.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Stoupa at twilight

Explorason played around with the camera, but none of the settings were that great for the photographs.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Stoupa – feeling happy

As the evening darkened, the village lights illuminated before us.

I thought I had found my “happy place” in Finikounda last week (you can read about that here), but I think I just found another one!

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Exploramum and Explorason – Stoupa nightlights

We loved the evening, but decided to save money and head home as the evening cooled.

The next day was pretty much a repeat of the day before.

That evening as we headed out for our walk we suddenly heard bells.  Charging down our street were goats, coming in for the night.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Stoupa – local goats cone down our street

And this night we managed to watch the sun set.  We found the perfect table right opposite the beach.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Stoupa – another perfect sunset

This particular Greek restaurant had the most incredible food. And it was so reasonably priced.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Stoupa – wonderful Greek restaurants at a great price

Explorason surprised me with two love heat leaves he picked on the walk here. Representing himself and myself – and the love we share.  We really enjoyed this moment as a family. There may be just two of us, but we are happy, and he is a great boy, and I am really proud of what a nice and caring child he is.

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Exploramum and Explorason – love leaves

At dinner, we started to chat to a lovely English couple Patricia and Howard.  We ‘ran into them’ later in the night – well we walked past a taverna where they were enjoying a glass of red wine,  and shared a drink.  We ended up visiting their lovely home on our way back home – perfect as it was just around the corner.  We felt so safe walking back in Stoupa, and so happy we had met such lovely people.

So we sadly must finish our time in Stoupa.

We’d like to thank Maria @ ManiCars – Stoupa Car & Bike Rentals for all her help with our stay.  

http://www.manicars.gr

During office hours:     (0030) 27210 77977

At any time (24 hours): (0030) 6946 533666

We’d also like to thank Stoupa Properties for the amazing rental of a wonderful apartment, which was just perfect for us.

Telephone: (003) 69365 10097

www.stoupa-properties.gr

If you come to Stoupa you might want to consider renting a property, car or bike, and these are the people who will give you the most incredible service.  So much so we became Facebook friends.

I love it when the road less travelled leads to amazing places like Stoupa, and also amazing people and service like these two great businesses.

We really do hope we come back another time.  Stoupa really is stupendous !

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Exploramum and Explorason – Stoupa – our final sunset

 

 

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