Greece's many idyllic islands loom large in Greek history, mythology, and the mind of the modern traveler.
Scattered around the Aegean and Ionian seas, the isles were the birthplace of the Minoan civilization, the beginning of what would become Ancient Greece and its culture. They were also said to be the birthplace of Hera, Artemis, and Apollo, as well as the location of King Minos' labyrinth and minotaur.
Today, visitors come to experience the culture and see where the mythology originated, as well as appreciate the unique beauty of these sun-kissed shores. We look at 10 of the most popular Greek islands and which ones travelers should visit first, depending on what they're looking for.