POLICE in Greece have launched a major search operation after a British tourist failed to return from a hike.

By nightfall a police spokeswoman said there was still no trace of the 26-year-old Briton despite the search broadening across a wider area in the Pindos moutain range and dogs being brought in.

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The missing man, who has not been named, was last seen on Sunday morning in the northwest town of Konitsa.

His father called emergency services on Monday, saying his son’s phone seems to have been deactivated.

A car belonging to the missing tourist was then found at bout 8pm local time near the village of Mikro Papigo.

He had reportedly gone for a hike in the Zagoria district.

Konitsa is a town near Greece’s border with Albania, built on a mountainside and overlooking a valley.

It is a regional hub for the surrounding villages and a popular starting point for tourists and hikers wanting to explore the Pindos mountains.

Recent months have seen a number of Brits going missing abroad.

In August, Natalie Christopher, an astrophysicist from London, disappeared while out jogging in Cyprus.

Her body was later discovered at the bottom of a ravine, apparently having been hit by a large boulder.

In September, 15-year-old Nora Quoirin disappeared in Malaysia, sparking a huge manhunt of the area surrounding the resort where she was staying.

Her family suspected she had been abducted, and her naked body was found a week after her disappearance in an area of rain forest.

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