The Canary Islands (Spanish: Islas Canarias) are an Atlantic territory of Spain on the west coast of Africa, near Morocco, Cape Verde and the archipelagos of the Azores Islands and Madeira Islands, both Portuguese territories.
The following major islands make up the Canary chain:
El Hierro - The edge of the world.
Fuerteventura - windsurfer's mecca + Best beaches in Europe.
Gran Canaria - The largest island by population, its capital city (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria) is also the capital of the Canaries.
La Gomera - The Magic Isle - walker's paradise.
Lanzarote - low lying and arid, with a spectacular volcanic landscape in the west of the island. The capital is Arrecife and has its own airport (ACE code).
Tenerife - The biggest island of the Canaries. The Capital city is Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The island has two different airports. The highest mountain of Spain, El Teide. (Volcano 3718 meters high)
The islands have a population of 2 million. Since the Canary Islands are a major European tourist destination, all the major islands have well-developed communication systems, airports, and ports.
Ethnically the population is mostly a mix of Spanish, European and Portuguese, with an increasing number of African and Eastern European immigrants and an important number of Europeans.
The Canary Islands are Europe's only exporter of plantain bananas. They are famously delicious here.