The Athens fires have swept the country and have forced hundreds from their homes.

Shocking images that have emerged show many homes have been devastated by the blazes as trees and telephone poles are destroyed.

Greece has declared a state of emergency as 50 people have been killed, with 26 bodies found in a villa in Mati.

Officials have warned that the fires are the worst to hit Greece since 2007.

But is it safe to travel to Greece or should British tourists be on alert for the latest travel advice?

The Foreign Office has yet to update the travel warning for British travellers

The Foreign Office has yet to update the travel warning for British travellers.

Flights to Athens’ Eleftherios Venizelos airport have been diverted due to the thick smoke meaning low visibility.

Motorways and train links have also been halted due to the smoke plumes from the forest fires.

Vice Mayor of the town of Megara Stavros Fotiou said: “The fire rages unabated.

“We urge residents to head towards Corinth to protect themselves and their children.”

Greece Athens fire fires travel advice

Greece: Fires spreading across Athens has killed 50 people at least (Image:

Experts have warned that higher temperatures could even be expected by the end of the week.

The Greek government has requested help from the EU and invoked the European Union civil protection agreement.

Reporter Elinda Lambropoulou told the BBC: “Most of the confirmed victims were trapped in the seaside resort of Mati, just 40km of Athens.

“They were caught in their cars trying to flee. Many families with children who are now on school holidays were there.”

The holiday resort “doesn’t exist as a settlement anymore,” a woman told Greece’s Skai TV.

Greece Athens fire fires travel advice

Greece: The Athens fires have caused roads to shut and train and flight diversions (Image:

Greece Athens fire fires travel advice

Greece: The death toll is expected to rise as the fires spread across the region (Image:

She said that she was “lucky to be alive” after experiencing burnt out cars and victims on the road.

The last time fires devastated Greece was in 2007, where 84 people died, including several firefighters.

Fires spread for days across Peloponnese and southern Euboea, thanks to hot temperatures and drought.

Thousands of buildings were destroyed along with millions of acres of forest and farmland burned.

Arson was also one of the suspected causes of the fires that spread across the region.

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