Canary Islands (Spain)
- General Info
The Canary Islands (Islas Canarias) are much closer to the coast of Africa than to mainland Spain and it is the mid-Atlantic location that accounts for the remarkably mild climate. While best known for their white, pristine beaches, the seven islands, all of volcanic origin, offer strikingly diverse landscapes: sub-tropical rainforests, arid plains, pine woods, sand dunes, mountain peaks and remarkable flora. The main tourist resorts are excellent for watersports, windsurfing, sailing, fishing, tennis, golf and so on. The local people take great pride in their folklore traditions and the carnival festivities are famous throughout Spain. This section follows the administrative division of the archipelago into two provinces: Santa Cruz (Tenerife, La Palma, Gomera and Hierro) and Las Palmas (Grand Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote).
Area: 7242 km² (2796 miles²)
Capital: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: Population: 377 660, Santa Cruz de Tenerife: Population: 220 033