The Canary Islands are a Spanish group of Islands, known as an Archipelago, which are situated off the northwest coast of Africa.
They are made up of the following islands: Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro, La Graciosa, Alegranza, Isla de Lobos, Montaña Clara, Roque del Este and Roque del Oeste.
Here you will find some information about the four most popular Islands.
Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and has the highest population of almost 910,000. As the main tourist island of the Canaries, it receives over five million visitors every year.
One of the main tourist attractions in Tenerife is Mount Teide, the tallest mountain in Spain and one of the largest volcanoes in the world. Other attractions of the island are its nightlife and party scenes, beach resorts, and the carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
This is the second largest island of the Canaries, and yet has a much lower population of around 86,000 (2005).
Despite its low population, it is a very popular holiday destination and many people visit the island to enjoy its year-long sunshine, beautiful beaches, see the large sand dunes, and take part in its wide variety of watersports available.
İts name translates in English as ‘strong winds’.
Gran Canaria is the second most populated island of the Canary Islands, sitting very close behind Tenerife with approximately 840,000 inhabitants. Although it is relatively high in population, it is smaller in size than Tenerife and Fuerteventura. However, it is also one of the most popular holiday destinations.
İts capital city, Las Palmas, is also the capital of the autonomous community of the Canary İslands, along with Santa Cruz in Tenerife.
One of the most attractive features of Tenerife is that as a holiday destination it offers something for everyone, young and old, families and couples. İt has the typical features of a holiday resort- sun, sea, and sand, but also has beautiful nature to explore, sports to take part in, and a huge golf tradition and culture.
Compared to Tenerife and Gran Canaria, Lanzarote has quite a low population of just over 142,000 inhabitants. Although like Fuerteventura, is also another popular holiday destination. Many people are fascinated by the terrain in Lanzarote, which is often described as very ‘lunar’, like a scene from a sci-fi film, due to the volcanic eruptions.
Another attraction of Lanzarote is its beautiful white sandy beaches.