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I passed by Dhilesi on my day trip along the coast from Skala Oropou(it’s 13km away). First, we reached Halkoutsi and after 7,5km we found Dhilesi, a seaside town that belongs to the prefecture of Viotia and has about 3500 inhabitants. The name Dhilesi comes from the ancient god Delian Apollo that was worshiped in this area During the Peloponnesian war (460-446, 431-404 BC) a huge battle take place here, at the battle of Delium. 7000 Athenians carrying heavy gear fortified the temple of Apollo. 7000 from Boeotian army and some from Thebes attacked back and more than 1000 athenians died. The truth is that the only thing I knew about the area was the "Massacre of Dilesi"..
During the 19th century there were many gangs along the country side of Greece that were attacking and robbing easily as long as the new nation couldn’t patrol all areas yet. On 30 of March 1870 one small group of English and Italian diplomats visited Marathon. On their way back an ambush was set by a local gang close to Pikermi. Arvanitakis (the leader of the gang) asked for ransom from the greek government (50.000 english pounds). The English embassy agreed but not the greek government that decided to send some troopers! The gang redeemed the women and went to hide at Oropos where they demanded from the government to stop their chase. The government tried to encircle the gang as long as they were still at Attica region because they were afraid that they would cross the Turkish borders that were somewhere above Lamia that period. On 9 of April the troops found the gang at Dhilesi. The gang killed the 4 hostages and then the troops started to shoot. 20 people died at once (some of the troopers too) and 9 captured and were executed later. The European press wrote very nice words about Greece like “country of pirates and barbarians” etc The diplomatic relation between Greece, England and Italy were frozen and the government of Zaimis felt. Every family of the victims took 22.000 pounds
You can stop and swim at the narrow pebble beach, watch the small port with the boat and have a nice lunch at one of the many taverns of the area.
Then we continued with the car till Paralia Avlidhos which is 6km further west.
How to go there:
Dhilesi belongs to Viotia prefecture and it’s located 50km away from Athens. The best option to reach Dhilesi from Athens is by car. Drive at the national road Athens-Salonica and turn right at 50th km towards Dhilesi.
There is a bus (KTEL ATTIKIS from Alexandras Avenue) that goes directly to Dhilesi from Athens.
You can also take train from Athens to Oinoi (7km from Dhilesi) and then a local bus.
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