TV Personality Tara Hitchcock’s Favorite Spots in Greece

Tara HitchcockFebruary 29, 2020
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Kenn Francis and Tara Hitchcock (far left) enjoy a group cycling tour with friends; Photo courtesy Tara Hitchcock
Kenn Francis and Tara Hitchcock (far left) enjoy a group cycling tour with friends; Photo courtesy Tara Hitchcock

OPA! Last fall, TV personality Tara Hitchcock and husband Kenn Francis headed to Greece to join three other Arizona couples on a six-day biking and hiking trip with the company Backroads through the islands of Crete and Santorini (backroads.com). Hitchcock shares her favorite Greek experiences.

Gialites Taverna

“Exploring the southwestern coast of Crete… we stumbled across this family-run gem in Livadia. Owner Yannis Lionakis took charge, serving us a traditional Greek salad and one of his specialties: Cretan grilled octopus. My husband, Kenn (not normally an octopus fan)… finished the entire thing. The best meal we had in Greece! ” facebook.com/gialites

Kapsaliana Village Hotel

“Set in the middle of Crete’s largest olive grove near Rethymno, this 300-year-old village-turned-countryside retreat is hard to beat. Enjoy a tour of the 18th-century Arkadi Monastery olive press as you sip homemade lemonade and work your way through stone arches and bougainvillea to your own room for the night.” kapsalianavillage.gr

grilled octopus; Photo courtesy Tara Hitchcock
grilled octopus; Photo courtesy Tara Hitchcock
Thirasia

“A canceled kayak trip on Santorini forced our Backroads leaders to scramble. They came through with an experience of a lifetime, renting e-bikes on the nearby island of Thirasia, [seeing] churches, cave houses, gorges, and a sheepherder out of central casting.” explorethirasia-santorini.gr

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