Greece Travel Scrapbook

If you are anything like me, as soon as the Christmas tree is packed away I start to think about holidays. January is normally a grey and gloomy month so booking a holiday in the sun seems like the perfect escape and something to really look forward to. In my opinion, Greece is an ideal location – it has sunny months from April – October, the flight from the UK is not too long and there is so much to see and do once you are out there. I’ve been holidaying in Greece for about 7 years now and have visited quite a few stunning islands. Here are the places I visited to inspire you to go plan your next sunny holiday!

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Rhodes

Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese islands with 43 towns and villages. The popular tourist resorts are Rhodes Town, Faliraki and Lindos. It takes 3 and a half hours to get there from the UK. I visited in July and the temperature was reaching highs of around 31°C (probably why I look a bit pink in the photo!)

Where I stayed: In a little village called Pastida located in at the northern tip of Rhodes in The Garden Hotel.

Things I did: Visited the seaside resort of Faliraki, went to the Rhodes Old Town and saw the Kallithea Springs (an ancient Greek spa with lots of flowers).

Corfu

Corfu (Kerkyra) is the second largest of the Ionian Islands. It takes 3 hours 15 minutes from the UK and even in April it was such a sunny holiday with highs of around 19°C. The popular destinations are Corfu town, Sidari and Acharavi.

Where I stayed: I stayed in the Aiolos Beach Hotel in Perama on the southwest edge of the Aegaleo mountains.

Things I did: I went on an coach trip island tour but not exactly sure what I saw as the guide could not speak English very well. She just pointed out the window and said “lovely views”. We did stop at Achillion which is a palace built in Gastouri which did also have lovely views.

Crete

Crete is the overall largest island in Greece. Along with Rhodes, it is one of the warmest Greek islands. The average daytime temperature in January is 16°C so if you can’t wait for a summer, Crete is perfect for some winter sun. The popular tourist towns are Chania Town, Rethymnon and Heraklion. As it one of the hottest, it is therefore one of the further away with a flight time from the UK of 4 hrs 40 mins.

Where I stayed: I stayed in the Atlantica Sensatori Resort in Analipsi, a small village only 5 minutes from popular tourist city of Hersonissos.

Things I did: Got the bus to the harbour town of Agios Nikolaos, visited Heraklion and went to Santorini for a day trip.

Santorini

Santorini is the classic picture postcard destination of Greece. It’s about 120 miles southeast of Greece’s mainland. Thira is Santorini’s main town and Oia is said to have the best sunsets on the island (and its where all those pretty white houses are located). From Crete it’s 1 hour and 45 minutes on the ferry, if you fly from the UK it is 5 hours and 45 minutes.

Where I stayed: This was just a trip from Crete for the day.

Things I did: You can rent out a quad bike and travel around the whole island in a day. We stopped at both Thira and Oia and it was very beautiful.

Kefalonia

Kefalonia is the largest of the Ionian Islands in western Greece. Popular places are Argostolion, Skala, Lixoui and Fiscardo. It takes about 3 hrs 40 mins from the UK and the temperatures range from 23°C to 26°C in the summer. It is closely situated to the island of Lefkada so you can see two islands on one trip.

Where I stayed: My sister and I stayed in the Olive Garden Apartments in Lassi which was a short hilly walk to Argostoli.

Things I did: We visited the beach town of Skala, went on a boat from to the island of Lefkada, visited the caves in Melissani and tried to spot the rich and famous in Fiscardo.

Kos

Kos is the third largest island of the Dodecanese by area, after Rhodes and Karpathos. It is just 4km from the coast of Bodrum in Turkey. Popular towns and villages are Kos Town, Kardamena and Kefalos. We visited in September and it was still a warm 23°C. The flight time from the UK is 4 hours 15 minutes.

Where I stayed: Shaun and I stayed in The Sunny View hotel which was a short walk from the beach and the lively town of Kardamena.

Things I did: We visited a lovely moutain town called Zia, had a day trip to the nearby island of Nisuros, went to Kos Town and had a boat trip.

Zante

Zakynthos or Zante is the third largest of the Ionian Islands. Popular places to stay are Laganas , Tsilivi and Zakynthos Town. It takes 3 hrs 35 mins to get there from the UK. Again, in Septmber the weather was warm with an average of around 24°C.

Where I stayed: Shaun and I stayed in The Contessa Hotel in Argasi which was 4 Km from the town of Zakyhthos.

Things I did: We went on a boat trip to see the famous Zante Shipwreck, went turtle spotting, visited Zakynthos Town, had a beach day in Tsilivi and Gerakas.

You can read more about the trip here in my Zante Travel Diary.

I hope you enjoyed this post and maybe feel inspired to book a holiday to Greece this year! Which islands are your favourite? We are planning to visit another island in September for Shaun’s birthday so would love to hear your recommendations!

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76 Comments

  1. January 12, 2018 / 8:04 pm

    These sound amazing!! I’ve never been to Amy of these place and they look lovely so I’ll see if I can fit them in.

    • January 13, 2018 / 7:01 am

      Thanks for your comment Katie 💖. I would definitely recommend Greece, it’s such a lovely place! 😘 xx

  2. January 12, 2018 / 8:05 pm

    Can you stop being so good at scrapbooks please? It’s putting me to shame haha! No, but seriously, I have major scrapbook envy here, you’re so fab at it. It must be amazing to look through it and trigger all the memories. I like the sound of the hotel where you stayed in Zante, reminds me of American horror story for some reason (which is a good thing btw!)

    Jordanne || Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

    • January 13, 2018 / 7:09 am

      He he, thanks Jordanne! 💖 So glad you like it and they are so nice to reminisce and look back on! 😍 Ha ha, that’s true! I guess The Contessa Hotel does sound a bit sinister 🙈 it’s not a typical holiday kinda name like Sunny View or The Garden 😝 Thanks so much for your comment 😄 xx

    • January 13, 2018 / 7:11 am

      Ooh I love looking at holidays! I’ve never thought about Halkidiki, I might have to have a look into that one 😄. Santorini is a lovely island to visit, would definitely recommend 😍 Thanks for the comment Mel 😘 xx

  3. January 12, 2018 / 8:15 pm

    Love this! I have a bucket list scrapbook so every time I complete something on my list I print out pictures and keep tickets etc and stick it all onto the corresponding page in my scrapbook! Yours is a hell of a lot more aesthetically pleasing than mine is though!

    Chloe ❤ http://www.anomalouschloe.com

    • January 13, 2018 / 7:15 am

      That sounds like such a great way to keep all your travel memories together 💖. I do something similar with postcards, plane tickets, leaflets and bits & pieces collected from the trip 😍. It’s great to look back on & I do it for every holiday. Thank you so much for your lovely comment Chloe 😘 xx

  4. January 12, 2018 / 8:15 pm

    Santorini always looks absolutely stunning in photos – I’d love to visit there one day! Maybe in the slightly cooler months as opposed to slap bang in the middle of summer where I would literally melt on the pavement haha! These scrapbooks are lovely and gorgeous keepsakes xxx

    • January 13, 2018 / 7:17 am

      Aw thank you so much Jenny 💖. Santorini is a beautiful, well worth a visit ☺️. I’ve been to Greece in both April & September and it’s been warm but not as intense as the summer months ☺️ xx

  5. January 12, 2018 / 8:21 pm

    Ahh you’ve been to so many places! I’ve wanted to go to Greece for soo long and it’s definitely my partner and I’s next destination if possible. it all looks so beautiful though we just cannot decide where to go! I cannot wait to book a holiday though, I want one booked by the end of Jan for sure!
    Alice Xx

    • January 13, 2018 / 7:20 am

      I’m exactly the same, I can’t wait to book my next trip! 😍 Wow, end of January isn’t far off, that’s so exciting! Greece has so many lovely islands, it’s hard to choose a favourite one to recommend. Thank you so much for your comment Alice 💖 xx

  6. January 12, 2018 / 8:22 pm

    Absolutely love scrapbooking when ive been on holiday and love taking inspiration from other peoples! Loved this, so cute x

    • January 13, 2018 / 7:21 am

      Thanks so much Ellie! 💖 Glad you liked it! Holiday scrapbooking is so much fun & a great way to keep the travel memories 😘 xx

  7. January 12, 2018 / 8:33 pm

    I’m so jealous! Greece has always been a location on my travel bucket list and this post has just made me want to go even more x

    • January 13, 2018 / 7:22 am

      Aw thank you so much Cara! 💖 I’m glad it’s inspired you to go even more! There are so many beautiful islands to visit 😘 xx

  8. January 12, 2018 / 8:49 pm

    OMGosh. Pics are crazy beautiful! Santorini looks so serene!

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    • January 13, 2018 / 7:22 am

      Thank you so much Catherine! 💖 Santorini is stunning! 😘 xx

  9. January 12, 2018 / 8:50 pm

    great post. maybe this year I´m going to Greece.

    • January 13, 2018 / 7:23 am

      Sounds exciting! 💖 You will have a fabulous time! Thank you for the comment 😘 xx

  10. January 12, 2018 / 9:09 pm

    Hey, I’m from Greece and naturally I had to like and comment on this post! I think you chose very beautiful destinations to visit and I hope that you come back soon! Bring all the company you can have! We sure can handle it! My personal favorites are Kefalonia and Zante! If anyone is interested I can give you more suggestion not just for the islands, there are millions of places by the sea here!

    • January 13, 2018 / 7:25 am

      Hi Maria! 💖 Thanks so much for the comment and you are so lucky to live in such a beautiful country! 😍 Yes please, I’d love some recommendations – my boyfriend & I are thinking of going back in September this year 😘 xx

  11. January 12, 2018 / 9:17 pm

    Just the kind of think I needed. Your scrapbook is so beautiful… Love youur pictures. I am currently making my own Tasmania travel scrapbook but it’s no where near as pretty as yours.😊

    • January 13, 2018 / 7:26 am

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment 💖. Scrapbooks are such a great way to keep the travel memories ☺️. I’m sure yours will be fabulous to look back on 😘 xx

  12. Shaun
    January 12, 2018 / 9:48 pm

    A lovely scrapbook Bexa 😘. Zia is such a lovely town and the shipwreck in Zante was awesome 😄. A very useful and informative post 😄😍❤️😘 xxxx

    • January 13, 2018 / 7:27 am

      Thanks Shaun 💖 Those were favourites of mine too! Can’t wait to see where our next Greek island will be! 🌴✨😍💕 xxxx

  13. January 12, 2018 / 10:01 pm

    Hubby mentioned about going to Greece this year. Looks lovely. You really are so creative Bexa love It. X x

    • January 13, 2018 / 7:28 am

      Aw thank you so much Kerry! 💖 Greece is beautiful, which island are you thinking of going to? I’m sure you will have an amazing time! 🏝😎😘 xx

  14. January 12, 2018 / 10:14 pm

    Gosh Greece looks absolutely amazing! It’s a place I would definitely love to visit, your post has reminded me of that 😁 The most I’ve seen of Zante is what they’ve shown on Geordie Shore! Haha 😂 Love your pictures and a great post as always, thanks so much for sharing XX

    Shevy
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    • January 13, 2018 / 7:30 am

      Aw thank you so much Shevy! 💖 Greece is such a beautiful country, definitely visit if you get the opportunity ☺️. Ha ha! I didn’t know Geordie Shore was in Zante! 😄🙈 xx

  15. January 12, 2018 / 10:15 pm

    Dayyuum! Favorite scrapbooker of the year maybe? You’re so creative and cute! I always enjoy your travel posts, not just for the write up but your beautiful pics too! I really do need to travel to Greece before I reach 30, it’s just a must! This post really has me excited to go!

    xx Lena | https://lenadeexo.com/

    • January 13, 2018 / 7:33 am

      Aww thanks so much Lena! 💖 You are so sweet ☺️. So happy you like my scrapbooks and they have given you travel inspiration 😍. Yay! 🎉Definitely visit Greece, so many beautiful islands to choose from, you will have an amazing time! 🌴😎💕 xx

  16. January 12, 2018 / 10:22 pm

    Wow, this scrapbook is so cute!! It’s a lovely idea to store travel memories. I might have to think about it for when I do my first solo trip! I’d love to go to Greece at some point, Santorini in particular looks and sounds beautiful!

    Vicky Xxx
    http://vickyviews.co.uk/

    • January 13, 2018 / 7:36 am

      Thanks so much Vicky! 💖 Santorini is an amazing destination 🏝 and a solo trip sounds so brave & inspirational! You will have a fabulous time! 💕 xx

  17. January 12, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    Ahhhh Greece looks so nice. I’m going to Zante for a wedding in 2019 but hoping to do a little more travelling around whilst their in Summer. Love your pictures aswell💕

    • January 13, 2018 / 7:41 am

      That’s sounds amazing Emma! 💖 Zante is such a beautiful place with so much to see and do. You will have an amazing time! 🏝 Thank you so much for the comment 😘 xx

  18. January 12, 2018 / 11:46 pm

    Oh wow this sounds like an amazing trip! I definitely want to travel more in 2018! Have some amazing adventures like the ones you described. 🙂 Great post!

    Maya @ http://www.powerecrowd.com

    • January 13, 2018 / 7:42 am

      Thank you so much Maya! 💖 Travel is so much fun, I hope you have lots of awesome adventures in 2018 🏝💕 xx

    • January 13, 2018 / 7:43 am

      Thanks so much Isabella 💖 Greece is a fantastic holiday destination 🏝😘 xx

  19. January 13, 2018 / 12:35 am

    I love how you’ve layed out everything in your scrapbook, it looks beautiful. I bet that will be amazing to look back on those memories in the future 🙂

    http://www.katelovesx.co.uk/

    • January 13, 2018 / 7:44 am

      Thanks so much Kate! 💖 I’m so glad you liked it! I love reminiscing on travel memories, it’s such a lovely thing to do 💕🏝 xx

  20. January 13, 2018 / 2:10 am

    Well definitely adding Greece to my list now. The scenery sounds beautiful but wow did you guys stay busy! I love to travel and we always start planning in January so thanks for the great idea!

    • January 13, 2018 / 7:47 am

      Thanks so much Melanie! 💖 There is always so much to see & do in Greece, it’s a great holiday destination 🏝. I am the same and start thinking about holidays so soon, it’s definitely something to look forward to 💕 xx

  21. January 13, 2018 / 4:38 am

    Great post and showing the places you have visited, never herd of some of these places before

    • January 13, 2018 / 7:48 am

      Thanks so much Kerona! 💖 There are so many Greek islands, I haven’t heard of them all either 🙈🏝. Glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

    • January 14, 2018 / 8:49 am

      Aw thank you so much Vanessa! 💖 Scrapbooking is so much fun and like you say, memories are there forever 😘 xx

  22. January 14, 2018 / 8:51 am

    Thanks for this post full of interesting and useful information! I have never been to Greece but my dad did and loved Crete and Santorini.

    • January 15, 2018 / 6:29 am

      Thanks so much Malorie! 💖 So glad you found the post interesting ☺️ I would definitely agree with your dad, Crete & Santorini are beautiful islands! 🏝😘 xx

  23. January 14, 2018 / 9:13 am

    I’ve never been to Greece but my brother did last year and he enjoyed a lot and now reading this post I am even more interested to go! Thanks for sharing x

    – Soffy @ themumaffairs.blogspot.com

    • January 15, 2018 / 6:30 am

      Thank so much Soffy! 💖 So pleased my post has inspired you to go even more! Greece is such an amazing country! 😘 xx

  24. January 14, 2018 / 9:28 am

    I’ve never been abroad before but all of these sound amazing! Greece will definitely be on my travel bucket list now! X

    Ashleigh | http/ashleighwrites.co.uk

    • January 15, 2018 / 6:31 am

      Aw thank you so much Ashleigh! 💖 Yay! I’m so glad Greece is added to your travel bucket list, it’s such a gorgeous place! 😘 xx

    • January 15, 2018 / 6:33 am

      Thanks so much Jess! 💖 I know what you mean, there is so much choice and they all look amazing! 😍 I’ve never been to an island I didn’t like though so I’m sure you will make the right choice 🏝😘 xx

  25. January 14, 2018 / 10:15 am

    I’ve been to Corfu and Zante. Loved Zante been twice and would go again. The shipwreck is so worthy a visit as is turtle bay. January is the time a lot of people start booking summer holidays I think we’re all a bit depressed after Christmas! I’m hoping to get to a Greek island this year!

    • January 15, 2018 / 6:36 am

      The Shipwreck & turtle spotting were definitely highlights of the Zante holiday 💖. He he yeah, we definitely need something to look forward to in these winter months. A holiday in a Greek island is always exciting! 🏝Thanks so much for the comment Rachael 😘 xx

  26. January 14, 2018 / 11:03 am

    A scrapbook for holidays sounds like a great idea! I should try this too. And yours looks amazing Xx

    • January 15, 2018 / 6:37 am

      Aw thank you so much Susanne! 💖 Travel scrapbooks are so much fun to make and look back on 😘 xx

  27. January 14, 2018 / 11:06 am

    Oh my goodness! Your scrapbook looks beautiful. I am waiting for my insta camera to come before I start scrapbooking.
    Yours is so creative and beautiful. Such an amazing memory to be able to look back on. 💜xx

    • January 15, 2018 / 6:40 am

      Aw thank you so much for your lovely comment Lauren! 💖 I like the sound of an insta camera! It sounds really fun and perfect for scrapbooking 😍. They are definitely amazing to look back on, and always makes me wanna go on more holidays he he 😘 xx

  28. January 14, 2018 / 11:26 am

    Wow! Sounds absolutely amazing…I have always wanted to go to Greece…especially Santorini! I love your photo album/scrapbook… me and my sisters did the same when we went to Thailand/Cambodia. Thanks for sharing love xx

    • January 15, 2018 / 6:42 am

      Thanks so much Peta! 💖 Thailand is an amazing place, I’d love to visit Cambodia too! A travel scrapbook is amazing to look back on 😍. Definitely visit Santorini if you get the chance, it’s well worth it 😘 xx

  29. January 14, 2018 / 2:31 pm

    I love the Greek islands they are so lovely! Santorini is definitely on my list of places to visit. Love looking at your scrapbook and photos 😘 really informative post for those looking for their summer holiday! xx.

    • January 15, 2018 / 6:46 am

      Thanks so much for the lovely comment Rebecca! 💖 Santorini is amazing, I loved it, definitely go visit if you get the chance ☺️. I’m so glad you enjoyed the post 🏝💕 xx

  30. Amita
    January 14, 2018 / 7:08 pm

    I love planning holidays, and Greece is one my favourite places to visit! I went to Mykonos, Santorini and Athens and I must say Mykonos was my favourite island! I’m itching to go back. I also want to check out Zante & Crete as I’ve heard they’re beautiful! Your scrapbook is so pretty xx

    amerzwithlove.com

    • January 15, 2018 / 6:50 am

      Thank you so much Amita! 💖 I love the sound of Mykonos! The photos looks gorgeous and we are thinking of going there in September for Shaun’s birthday ☺️. Definitely check out Zante & Crete if you get the chance, such beautiful islands too! 🏝💕 xx

  31. Amanda
    January 14, 2018 / 7:12 pm

    Your trip sounds amazing! And I love the photos- they’re so pretty and the scrapbook is awesome

    • January 15, 2018 / 6:51 am

      Aw thank you so much Amanda, such a lovely comment 💖 xx

  32. January 14, 2018 / 7:12 pm

    This is such an amazing post! I love your scrapbook! 😍😍 and Santorini is a literal dream of mine! ❤️

    • January 15, 2018 / 6:52 am

      Aw thank you so much Lauren! 💖 Santorini is amazing, definitely well worth going to visit 😘 xx

    • January 15, 2018 / 9:09 am

      Thank you! 💕🏝

  33. January 18, 2018 / 10:16 am

    Love this post. I’ve never visited Greece but you describe it so well that it makes me want to go!

    P.S. The pictures look really great 👍😃x

    • January 19, 2018 / 7:34 am

      Thanks so much, that’s so lovely of you to say! 💖 And yes, Greece is amazing, I would definitely recommend a visit ☺️ xx

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