Stoupa, in the part of Messinian Mani, is one of the more famous tourist resorts in Messinia and is located about 44 km east of Kalamata. The small village that quickly developed into a popular tourist destinations was once called Potamos taking its name from the river that ran through it. Its current name is due to the rags (stoupia) that its residents would put into the sea to soften, so that they could processes them with greater easier.
The village has two, well-organized beaches. They have crystal clear and shallow waters making them ideal for families. Stoupa beach bears the name of the resort, while the other is called Kalogria beach and is located a short distance outside the village. In fact, the second was home to the well-know Greek writer, Nikos Kazantzakis, for two years. To the north of the beach you will find the home where he lived and to the south the "Katzantzaki cave" where the great writer would retreat in order to read and write.