Agali gorge is one of the most beautiful gorges of Euboea island. It is situated on the SW slopes of Mount Dirfys, the highest mountain of the island, and stretches for 5 km (3.1 mi).
The entrance tο Agali gorge is east of Agios Athanasios, just past the village’s sports grounds. The village of Agios Athanasios is built at an altitude of 200 meters (656 ft), 33 km (20.5 mi) NE of Chalkida city.
On the outskirts of the mountain range of Dirfi is the gorge of Agali.
Mount Dirfis with the highest peak at 1743m is the highest mountain in Evia and at its foot we find the beautiful gorge of Agali.
A few meters above the village of Agios Athanasios in the municipality of Dirfion – Messapia, is the gorge of rare beauty of Agali. It is one kilometer long and its beds are overgrown with plane trees and lush vegetation. The green slopes, the running waters and the steep cliffs with the various colors compose a wonderful bouquet of natural beauty.
Gargling water flows in the gorge, which forms small waterfalls along the way. The visitor will see streams rushing to the steep cliffs.
Inside the gorge is the cave called Voidokleftra for which evidence of habitation from the Neolithic era has been found. In fact, in the village of Glyfada (former Tserges) a Neolithic tank has been found while there is also the dragon house of Dirfi.
Walkable path and with signage for most of the route in the gorge of Agali
The route is marked as it is part of a mountaineering route and is passable, while for the most part it can be walked even by small children.
Mountaineering route Agios Athanasios – Dirfys Shelter
For climbers and those who trust their endurance, from the gorge begins one of the routes to the shelter and the top of Mount Dirfis at 1,745 m. The route A1 has an altitude difference of 900 m and lasts about 3.5 hours to the shelter .
Starting from the village of Agios Athanasios, continue to the stadium and then enter the gorge of Agali. You reach the source Krateia and follow the forest road until you find again the path that winds the base of the cone of the top. From there you go to the saddle Leiri and going right you end up in the shelter of Dirfi.
How will you come?
Agios Athanasios is 28 km from Chalkida. From Chalkida you head to North Evia and Artaki, in Artaki you turn right to Steni and at the height of the village Kathenoi you turn left. At the height of Paliouras you will find a sign to the right of Agios Athanasios. From the village at 1,500 m you will find the stadium where you can park your vehicle and start the route.