The Azores - A Mountain Bikers Paradise

Feb 21, 2015
by Raven Eye Photography  
The Azores Islands photo www.RavenEyePhotography.com
The Azores Islands photo www.RavenEyePhotography.com
The Azores Islands photo www.RavenEyePhotography.com
The Azores Islands photo www.RavenEyePhotography.com
The Azores Islands photo www.RavenEyePhotography.com
The Azores Islands photo www.RavenEyePhotography.com
The Azores Islands photo www.RavenEyePhotography.com
The Azores Islands photo www.RavenEyePhotography.com
The Azores Islands photo www.RavenEyePhotography.com
The Azores Islands photo www.RavenEyePhotography.com
The Azores Islands photo www.RavenEyePhotography.com
The Azores Islands photo www.RavenEyePhotography.com
The Azores Islands photo www.RavenEyePhotography.com
The Azores Islands photo www.RavenEyePhotography.com
The Azores Islands photo www.RavenEyePhotography.com
The Azores Islands photo www.RavenEyePhotography.com
The Azores Islands photo www.RavenEyePhotography.com
The Azores Islands photo www.RavenEyePhotography.com
The Azores Islands photo www.RavenEyePhotography.com
The Azores Islands photo www.RavenEyePhotography.com
The Azores Islands photo www.RavenEyePhotography.com
The Azores Islands photo www.RavenEyePhotography.com
The Azores Islands photo www.RavenEyePhotography.com
The Azores Islands photo www.RavenEyePhotography.com
The Azores Islands photo www.RavenEyePhotography.com
The Azores Islands photo www.RavenEyePhotography.com
The Azores Islands photo www.RavenEyePhotography.com
The Azores Islands photo www.RavenEyePhotography.com
The Azores Islands photo www.RavenEyePhotography.com
The Azores Islands photo www.RavenEyePhotography.com
The Azores Islands photo www.RavenEyePhotography.com
The Azores Islands photo www.RavenEyePhotography.com

For more information on how to get to the Azores, or to get the best experience, check out these local guys for custom trips and information: Bike Safari Tours, OR book a group tour with Sacred Rides, or just get out there and Visit the Azores. All photos by Todd Weselake / Martina Halik - Raven Eye Photography


MENTIONS: @RavenEyePhoto @sacredridesmtb @bikesafaritour



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65 Comments

  • + 42
 Great report, looking forward to see more of this kind of trip reviews in this community.

The Azores Islands are the 2nd best Islands in the world for sustained tourism (National Geographic Magazine), and one of best for all-round mountain-bike rides and for downhill!

You won´t regret it
  • - 78
flag binks (Feb 21, 2015 at 10:46) (Below Threshold)
 looks crap.
  • + 32
 My bank account went broke just by looking at these photos.
  • + 0
 300euros flight from Lisbon to Pico Island... and that's from within Portugal =\ even to us is kinda hard... for 300euros I'm in Andorra no worries
  • + 9
 by the end of march you will be able to fly from lisbon to azores for the price of 30-50 euros on easyjet Smile
  • + 52
 Screw it, I'm buying a rowboat. See you all in a year. Maybe.
  • + 1
 seriously? na.. its the best kept secret.. best islands to go to, accomodations are amazing and affordable!
  • + 9
 Great Reportage - really liked the format. Looks like the Portugese answer to the Canary Islands, and then some. Would have been even sweeter to be able to click into high res images for some of the smaller shots in the collage.
  • + 6
 Direct Flights 3/4 hour away from Boston and Toronto with SATA Airlines and it's 2/3 hours away from most european airports with EasyJet and Ryanair. Book with a href="http://www.azoresadventureislands.com">azoresadventureislands.com/a>, and check general tourism information in visitazores.com!

Cheers!
  • + 8
 amazing place! I've been there for a while last summer and took part in the azores downhill series. nice trails and GREAT people.
  • + 1
 lustig sich hier wieder zu treffen... hat die Reverb funktioniert? Wink
  • + 1
 Na sicher! Und dein Tipp bezüglich der Reifenwahl war auch sehr hilfreich Wink
  • + 9
 Never realized a small dot can be THAT beautiful.
  • + 6
 If ever there was a location and set of photos that didn't need to be overmanipulated in photoshop, this would have been it...
  • + 3
 I want to go here but....
"See the way that my bank account is set up
The thing is I got the checking in the savings ..
But all the money is in my savings
So I gotta switch it to my checking but its gon’ take 3 business days
I don’t think its gon’ go through" KH
  • + 4
 We've been to Azores for the first time a few weeks ago, and it's just magical. The landscape, the trails and the people are truly amazing. Great report Raven Eye ! It was good to travel back there for a few moments !
  • + 6
 One day I'm going here! Maybe we can get Pinkbikers to book a whole plane for reduced airfare!!
  • + 4
 Not sure why but the desktop version of this article came up on my iPhone and made everything really small, did this happen to anyone else?
  • + 3
 The photos are collages. Makes them look smaller
  • + 5
 Where did those DH bikes suddenly come from?
  • + 4
 Bit of an overload of pictures to be honest , for me there were so many crammed into each page it was information overload
  • + 3
 thanks for including google earth/maps. this is something that has been missing in the past!
  • + 3
 I had no idea The Azores are a Portuguese territory. Flights from Lisbon too. Another fantastic city.
  • + 2
 You can also fly from Oporto .... another great city !!!! Smile
  • + 1
 ...in April you can fly directly to Azores in SATA Airlines every Saturday from Gatwick or in Ryanair also every saturday from Stansted..
  • + 3
 What a beautiful place to enjoy a diffrent culture and riding your bike! I think i fall in love!
  • + 2
 Just looked into flights from boston $3400 probably not happening any time soon, trip to BC is more in the budget
  • + 2
 Only $1000 return from Vancouver if I book a couple months in advance. I'd check again there dude.
  • + 2
 wow, looking awesome. I think I just found a place for myself - I'm moving there for sure Smile
  • + 2
 And Wikipedia says
Mount Pico, on the island of Pico, is the highest point in Portugal, at 2,351 m (7,713 ft).
  • + 2
 My buddy Johnny Drama is from there. He is always talking about his home town. Now I can see why! Spectacular!!
  • + 2
 Amazing photography. I love the tunnel photo. Would love to ride there.
  • + 2
 That place looks amazing, thanks for sharing Smile
  • + 2
 That is some varied terrain! Awesome pics
  • + 1
 been there done that amazing piece of paradise props for these articles on my country tanks pb
  • + 2
 Those brick berms are the steez!
  • + 2
 Any direct flights from the east coast of the USA?
  • + 1
 Yep, Sata International has direct flights from Boston and Toronto to São Miguel island. From there take the ferry from the May to September or the inter island airline.
  • + 1
 I was looking on the SATA website and was able to find really decent airfares from TORONTO, ON to TERCERIA ISLAND, PORTUGAL.

The airfare I was quoted was below $400.00/person (LIGHT only one baggage + carry on) plus any additional fees for a bike; I feel like that is rather affordable for an experience like that....

Now I just need to book my week off Smile
  • + 1
 I think you can now get lower rates for the inter island flights in case you decide to hop around.
  • + 2
 first thought was 'costly'
  • + 3
 The Green Land !!!!!
  • + 3
 Uuuu!!Smile Looking good !
  • + 1
 who discovered this place?
  • + 2
 ..was a Portuguese navigator called Diogo Silves in 1427...
  • + 1
 Valeu Luis Melo!
  • + 1
 Lots of excellent pictures and place looking good Smile
  • + 0
 I will never understand why modern photographers feel the need to ruin wonderful sceneries with poor HDR...
  • + 1
 Great Report... Amazing place and people.
  • + 1
 ...find more about Azores Islands in www.visitazores.com
  • + 1
 Great island's and very nice people!
  • + 1
 How do islands get their resources like oil?
  • + 2
 We do have boats coming by now and then you know ? Wink
  • + 1
 Sweet photos.. Overall nice piece. I'll put it on the bucket list
  • + 1
 Would cycle there but cant not even on a fat bike, flights would be easyer
  • + 1
 Portugal Big Grin
  • + 1
 wooowww
  • + 1
 Great article Smile
  • + 1
 partiu portugal!!!
  • + 1
 partiu portugal!!!! isso ae!!!!!
  • + 1
 Cant wait to get back
  • - 1
 looks ridiculous!!!

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