A THRILL-seeking couple is determined not to let wildfires ruin their holiday and decided to fly to fire-ravaged Corfu.
The pair, who were set to fly to the Greek island today, admitted they are “a bit nervous” but defied the risk and chose to see their trip as “an adventure”.
Hundreds of firefighters have been battling flames in Corfu after a fire erupted on the popular holiday hot spot on Sunday.
The terrifying blaze sent holidaymakers fleeing, while emergency planes have been evacuating tourists.
But despite the island being engulfed by flames, flights have been operating as usual.
Speaking from Birmingham Airport, Raymond and Julie told Sky News they were planning to fly to the island unless the government says otherwise.
Asked how they felt about travelling today, Raymond admitted he was “pretty nervous”.
He said: “No one said we can’t go.
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“We don’t really know what the situation is. We know there’s fires, but we don’t know how close they are to where we’re going.”
The holidaymaker added he is “a little bit” concerned about what will happen once they land on the island, but is optimistic they will probably be fine.
He said: “I think the transport from the airport to the north will probably be the tricky bit, but once you get to the north by the sea, you’ll probably be fine – it just depends where the fires are.”
Julie said their holiday has not been “ruined”, but is hoping to “chill” once they arrive.
Raymond added: “It’s not classed as a holiday… [it’s] a bit of an adventure.”
Today the villages of Kalamaki and Apraos were evacuated as the blaze continued to spread for a third day.
Previously, people in the areas of Santa, Megoula, Porta, Palia, Perithia, Sinies Syki , Imerolia, Loutses and Kassiopi were urged to leave.
Meanwhile, summer has continued as usual in neighbouring Albania as holidaymakers were pictured watching thick smoke billowing in the sky in Corfu while sunbathing.
Others were spotted riding jet skis in the coastal town of Saranda.
Multiple wildfires have erupted across Greece in the past few days, sending thousands to evacuate.
The worst-hit island is Rhodes, where more than 16,000 people were evacuated by land and 3,000 by sea over the weekend in the largest evacuation effort Greece has ever seen.
Devastating before and after photos reveal how a luxury hotel turned into a charred wasteland after the catastrophic blaze broke out in Kiotari.
Today, tourists have also been told to evacuate Agioi Theodoroi and parts of Evia, Greece’s second-largest island while an “extreme fire risk” was issued for Crete.
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