Greek folklore has it that the rough island of Mykonos was produced by Hercules when he tossed a stack of stones at a group of wicked giants who were trying to topple the gods.
Today, Mykonos is more the natural home of Dionysus, the god of wine and crazed dance.
Over the previous 40 years, it has actually come to be the individual island of the Cyclades and also one that is specifically prominent with gay vacationers - although resorts are eager to tension they are 'straight-friendly'.
Because the Seventies, Chora, the island's main town, has tripled in size to accommodate the tourist intrusion.
Those visitors have actually mainly come for the night life.
Clubs in the area as well as along the coastline come alive at midnight and remain open till 6am.
For a preference of nighttime Mykonos, head a number of streets away from the seafront to Malamatenias, where you'll find Interni - a restaurant in an open yard lined with olive trees.
You could consume right here - the deep-fried shellfishes as well as the snapper are outstanding - or have a cocktail at the bar while doing some beautiful-people-watching.
The community is near-empty in the early morning, as the clubbers rest off their hangovers. Chora returns to its indigenous residents: the widows in black tending to their potted geraniums and bougainvilleas; the senior males that look after the small Byzantine chapels scattered via the community.
Chora is a collection of turning streets - developed, some say, to confuse raiding pirates; others think they are to disperse the deadly winds that come whipping in off the Aegean.
The two worlds - of citizens as well as pleasure-seekers - co-exist happily enough, working on their various timescales.
And also you could still discover lots of places unspoilt by mass tourist.
At Koynelas fish dining establishment, simply set back from Chora's main boardwalk, choose from the catch of the day as well as it will be grilled on the spot. I had an exceptionally fresh sea bass for ₤ 13.
Santa Marina Hotel is - say thanks to goodness for a noise-hater such as me - two miles away from Chora. It controls the little bay of Ornos and also the resort itself is perched on the slopes above the bay having actually merely been refurbished.
The generously-sized spaces, in muted shades of white and also off-white, look into the sea to the Cycladic islands on the southern horizon.
I sit for one hours on end on my huge porch, as the night light catches the pure white walls of the quarries of Naxos-- where some of the most effective marble in old Greece hails from.
Santa Marina's Colonial Pool dining establishment is put right into the side of the hill (visitors need to prepare themselves for a bunch of stairways). It specialises in seafood. The prawn risotto and also the sushi, prepared by the resort's own Japanese sushi chef, are specifically excellent, as are some Greek staples, such as choriatike, or Greek salad with tomatoes, onions, cucumber, olives as well as feta cheese.
You can eat right by the sea at the Bay Perspective Coastline Restaurant or have a snack on your lounger on the coastline. The coastline isn't big, but it is for unique usage by guests. I have it to myself one morning.
It would certainly be flawlessly easy to spend your whole time in the sprawling hotel. It has a health club (₤ 130 for an aromatherapy massage therapy for 2) and even its own tiny Byzantine-style chapel. Yet it would certainly be unforgivable not to visit Delos - a 20-minute watercraft trip from Mykonos harbour (₤ 14 return).
Tiny little Delos was one of the most sacred island villa for rent mykonos in ancient Greece, the birthplace of twins Apollo and also Artemis. Today, it is unoccupied, with the exception of the island's dragon reptiles-- imported from Africa by the old Greeks to honour Apollo's divine title of 'Lizard-slayer'.
The ruins date from the Romans right back to the 7th century BC, when Delos's best prizes - 5 crouching, roaring rock lions - were carved.
Back on Mykonos, it deserves employing a vehicle or moped from any of the countless rental mykonos villas stores and also discovering the island.
The shore is ringed with coastlines.
Those on the south - safeguarded from the northerly winds - have the tendency to be a lot more stuffed. On the north coastline, I have a wind-free, evening swim on crescent-shaped Ftelia Beach, with only 2 Greek family members for firm.
At the heart of the island is the community of Ano Mera. Its classic tower was developed as late as the Thirties by marble-cutters from neighbouring Tinos island - you could be forgiven for thinking it was numerous centuries older.
Drive throughout Mykonos in spring, and trends of soft-blue cornflowers and also blood-red poppies stream with the fields, still sprayed with Hercules's granite rocks.
You are back in old Greece - the thumping bars of Chora feel 3,000 years away.