Dirfi map photo chart


General

40 kilometers from Chalkida, crossing the village Steni, we arrive to the base of the mountain. In the summer, the landscape is flat and the road from Steni to Strovones, ending at the Chiliadou beach, decreases the presence of the mountain itself, since excursioneers pass by it towards the beauty of the sea. During the winter, though, the whole area becomes unreachable to people and snow transforms the landscape, giving it a dreamy impression.


Ancient times

In Antiquity, its pyramidoidal peak was called Dirfys. Later, it acquired the name Delfi, alteration of the ancient name.


Flora

The flora in Dirfi is rich. Years ago, Greek and foreign botanists, who examined it, reported with admiration on its abundance and diversity. High on the mountain, over the village Steni, in Mesorachi, one finds Apollonia fir-tree forests, the same as those in Parnitha. Aeschylus already had mentioned the chestnut trees of the area. There are also cherry trees and other fruit-bearing trees. The peak is naked till 1200 m., the rest of the mountain though is covered with fir-trees, chestnut trees, pine-trees and beech-trees.


Climbing

At 1150 m, at the site called Leiri, we find the refuge of the Greek Mountaineering Club of Chalkis. This refuge is the base, during the winter, for the ascent of any mission to the top.
Dirfi, together wil the other peaks around it, Pyxaria, Xerovouni, Skoteini, Mavrovouni, forms a ridge 50 km long, part of Sterea. Mountain Dirfi, with its high peak, is 1743 m. high. The characteristic cone of the summit shows like a tent on the ridge. The mountain has one peak, which dominates the area. From the top the peak looks like a volcano in sleep, that's why mountaineers call it "small Fuji".





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