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.


Max Cousins
Destination Specialist
01768 721040

My favourite part of the Azores

Fall in love with Flores, the most beautiful island of the Azores archipelago. Here you’ll find stunning verdant terrain, beautiful flora and wonderful mountain lakes. The landscape has deep creases formed by aeons of volcanic activity. Waterfalls plunge down green cliffs into the ocean, and tiny whitewashed villages nestle on the coastal plains.

A holiday on Flores feels like an escape from the world. Take an island tour with one of our local expert guides, walk the wonderful west coast path through amazing volcanic sea cliffs, relax at a restaurant on the ocean shore at the western edge of Europe.

If you’d like some holiday ideas, you’ll find Flores features in our Flores Activity Holiday, our São Miguel, Flores and Faial island hopping holiday, our adventurous Canyoning holiday, and our Honeymoon Adventure.

All of our holidays are tailor-made for you so you can either use these ideas as a starting point, or call us for advice as to how to fit wonderful Flores into your ideal trip with us – we’re on 01768 721020, or if you’re calling from the States we’ve a toll-free number 1-800-490-0446.

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

This beautiful restoration of an elegant home built in 1899, provides a unique base in the centre of Ponta Delgada. Casa das Palmeiras, meaning ‘House of the Palm Trees’, has been sensitively brought back to life preserving many of the original architectural features and uncovering previously hidden original timbers and floor tiles.

It now offers guests the choice of 10 rooms sleeping a total of 23 people when fully occupied. There are 5 standard twins/doubles on the first floor – 3 of which have a balcony, 2 superior double rooms on the first floor with balconies and sofa bed and 3 Superior king rooms all on the second floor without balconies – one of which has a sofa bed.

All rooms are ensuite and all bathrooms have a shower rather than bath, except for one superior double room.

Breakfast is served from 0830-1030 and is homemade with a selection of hot and cold food. Picnics, dinner, babysitting and transfers can also be provided on request.

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