max-cousins

Max Cousins

I love to travel and experience landscapes and places through activity and have spent many of my holidays cycle touring, hiking and mountain biking round Europe and North Africa.  Living close to Keswick in the Lake District is perfect for me – the human scale of the area makes the place easy to live in and accessible to explore, which I do mainly by foot or by bike.

There are some similarities between the islands of the Azores and the Lake District but they also have their own unique flavour. Much of the Azorean landscape is so young and displays naked evidence of creation and destruction by forces of nature. Each island has its own distinct character which is best discovered by visiting. Exploring in the company of the people we work with on the islands gives you a much more authentic and in depth experience in a way that scratching the surface by yourself cannot achieve. On my most recent trip, I loved the walking on São Miguel especially down through the ‘Lost World’ to Faial da Terra and on the crater rim of Sete Cidades.

My work life has had plenty of variety, the central theme being working with people to understand what they want, and then help them get it, something that helps me when putting together holidays for our clients.

Contact

Max Cousins
Island Specialist
01768 721040
max@archipelagochoice.com

My favourite part of the Azores

The main island of the Azores, São Miguel still maintains a unique charm where life is polite and unhurried. It’s a great island for a first visit with easy flight connections, a wealth of things to see and activities to do, and some of the Azores’ most spectacular volcanic scenery.

From quiet fishing villages to remote crater lakes to boiling pools, this island has it all.

My favourite activity in the Azores

Our cycling holidays allow you to explore this stunning archipelago and make the most of it. If mountain biking is your thing than we have just the right routes for you.

Go from village to village and discover these delightful islands, making sure that you ride through the less visited parts of the Azores.

Most roads in the Azores are very quiet and often you find yourselves cycling alongside thick hydrangea hedges and hillsides heavy with cryptomeria forests. We transport your luggage leaving you free to enjoy your ride each day.

Our cycling holidays also include rides on São Miguel, Faial, Terceira and Santa Maria. In the company of our local guides, you’ll explore the trails that criss-cross the islands. There are no guide books for these trails – the routes you’ll ride are based on local knowledge and vary in difficulty.

Full suspension mountain bikes are available for hire.

My favourite accommodation in the Azores

Owned by a lovely German couple, Elfi and Christian, Eco Triângulo offers a relaxing stay in a rural location on the south coast of São Jorge just 3 minutes walk from the swimming area in the little harbour of Terreiros.

The modern furnished rooms are situated in three little cottages in the large garden and from your terrace you have wonderful views over the ocean and towards Pico mountain.

Eco Triângulo has 4 en-suite rooms and 1 bedroom apartment set in pretty cottages within the grounds of the old farmhouse. There are 2 twin rooms and 2 double rooms and the apartment has a living room and kitchenette, double bedroom and bathroom. All rooms have their own terrace with ocean views. Breakfast is offered on the terrace of the main farmhouse and is excellent with local and homemade products, such as yoghurt, jam and bread as well as fruit and vegetables from the owner’s garden and eggs from their hens.

Minimum stay : 3 nights
Includes : Breakfast and daily cleaning

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