Photographer's Note

More than 70% of the Azores tourists visit the Furnas lake, while less than 0.001% of the tourists visit the eastern Amora Beach, one of the secret beaches of the Azorean Riviera, visible on the left.
Although Furnas is the Hydropolis of the World, home to 32 very different mineral water springs, including hot springs, medicinal springs and natural sparkling water springs,
it is not the rain capital of the world.

In fact Furnas is not even the rain capital of the Azores, despite the fact that its mirador, at 500 m elevation, 200 m higher than the Terra Nostra park, records almost 4,000 mm rain or almost six (SIX, you are reading correctly) times the amount recorded at the islet of Vila Franca do Campo, on the south coast, only 10 miles away (720 mm or a difference of 3200 mm, more than the difference between any two points in any mediterranean country or the rest of Portugal).

And the title of rain capital of the Azores goes to ... Sete Cidades, 20 miles to the west, with almost 5,000 mm precipitation at its mirador, Vista do Rei.
The same location where in 1983 the first luxury hotel of the Azores was built, by people who did not have a clue about the microclimates of the Azores.
It has been a ghost hotel since 1984...

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