If anyone who knows me is reading this post, you will know how obsessed I am with Mykonos. My best friend D and I first went in 1994, after we graduated from Edinburgh University, and fell in utter love with the place. We’ve been coming back almost every year since. The beaches are beautiful, the main town is an attractive warren of paved streets in between narrow whitewashed streets, there are bars and boutiques, clubs and cafes, beautiful and not so beautiful people, and more.

But as with all of Greece, you can eat well, cheaply. This place was a find a couple of years ago. Normally we faithfully go to Paradise beach but on occasion we’ve been to Paraga. Over the years, nearly all the beaches have had a spruce up, with new facilities, lounging and bar areas, self service cafeterias and more. But Paraga also has a lovely traditional restaurant called Tasos, with a grill area, specialising in seafood.

C, one of this year’s party, had had a hankering to go back here since our last visit. And it was very nice to be reminded of how good it was. We shared a few starters, including grilled haloumi cheese, then came the mains. There was a Greek salad ‘for the table’ (obvs), then C had moussaka (and pronounced it delightfully satisfying; not too heavy, with just the right amount of cinnamon). A and CL both had the grilled fish of the day, some kind of meaty white fish cooked to perfection and served with grilled vegetables. I went for the grilled octopus (yes, there’s a theme), which was succulent and not too chewy, and D had a selection of sardines.

Washed down with some house white (which was ridiculously cheap; something like 5euros for a half litre) and accompanied by good bread with tapenade, it left us ready to head back to the sun loungers and do some more lying down. After a day on this beach, it’s nice to head to the pool bar behind the supermarket for a sundowner; most drinks are 5euros here too.

Atmosphere: 9/10 – you’re on a beautiful beach on a beautiful Greek island – what more could you want?

Food: 7/10 – good rustic fare

Value for money: 7.5/10. cheap and cheerful