14 Photos of the Greek Islands to Inspire Your Next Vacation

From Patmos to Crete, Santorini to Rhodes, these photos take you inside the Mediterranean's breathtaking Greek Islands.

This Greek island is known for its picturesque, whitewashed villages that scale the steep cliffs overlooking the Aegean.Thinkstock
Was this the ancient city of Atlantis? Some scholars and archeologists believe it could be.Thinkstock
Agios Nikolaos, Greece
This lovely city on the island of Crete faces the sea on three sides.Thinkstock
Crete, Greece
Greece's largest island has seen burgeoning tourism and offers an array of glitzy resorts, though it still retains its small town charm in its more remote regions.Thinkstock
Crete, Greece
The ruins of the palace of Zakros still remain in eastern Crete, and date to 1900 B.C.Thinkstock
Kos Island, Greece
The ancient Roman ruins of the Nymphaeum on Kos are an opulent archeological site today.Thinkstock
It wouldn't be a photo tour – or actual tour – of the Greek Islands without a sample of the local cuisine, famous for its gyros and colorful Mediterranean salads.Thinkstock
Nikia, Nisyros
The town of Nikia is perched on the crater of a semi-dormant volcano on the island of Nisyros.Thinkstock
Rhodes, Greece Lindos beach is a local favorite for sunbathing and swimming on the island of Rhodes. Return to Main PageThinkstock
Rhodes, Greece
Just beyond the city of Lindos rests the ancient acropolis high on a hill, a relic of the town's former citadel.Thinkstock
Rhodes, Greece
The Antoni Queen beach is considered to be one of the best beaches on the Greek island of Rhodes.Thinkstock
Patmos, Greece
The Monastery of St. John on the island of Patmos, widely regarded as the location where the apostle John wrote the book of Revelation, is home to a number of vibrant mosaics.Thinkstock
Corfu, Greece
The mountainous island of Corfu – the northernmost of the Ionian Group – is one of the Greek Islands' most popular draws for travelers.Thinkstock
Corfu, Greece
Corfu's Vlacherna Monastery is a favorite photo-op for many travelers to the Greek Islands.Thinkstock