Trachila is a traditional picturesque village of western Mani in south Peloponnese. It is built in a lovely bay of the same name, 55 km southeast of Kalamata and in the past was the main port of Lagada and an important commercial center in the area. The small coastal settlement with its beautiful stone houses, is an authentic Greek village of Western Mani that has remained untouched by mass tourism. Although the village was bombed by the Turkish-Egyptian fleet on June 21, 1826, soon after experienced great growth. Now it is mostly inhabited by elderly people but every summer the sleepy village comes alive when many youngsters return to spend the summer.
The most important attraction is a cave known as Katafygio (Shelter) or Triorofo of Trachila, a cave with important speleological findings and tremendous stalagmitic columns. Various finds indicate that there was human presence in the cave centuries ago. Apart from the cave, the historic building of K. Meleas and the building of the old primary school are exceptional examples of local architecture of the 19th century and worth visiting. Among the major events is the traditional burning of the effigy of Judas at the small port, on Easter Sunday as well as the fair of Agios Giannis every September. In the surrounding area there are lots of gorgeous beaches with crystal-clear turquoise waters where you can cool off on hot summer days. If you find yourself in Trachila during summer, don't be surprised if you see elderly women extracting salt from natural salt pans. The area is famous for its excellent sea salt and as the water dries up, the salt crystals are harvested.