Capital: Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Size: 7.447 sq km
The Canary Islands are a Spanish archipelago which is located just off the northwest coast of mainland Africa, 100 km west of the disputed border between Morocco and the Western Sahara. The sea currents which depart from Canary’s coasts used to lead ships away to America. The islands highest to lowest are: Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro, Alegranza, La Graciosa and Montaña Clara.
Canary Islands currently has a population of 2,098,593 inhabitants, making it the eighth most populous of Spain’s autonomous communities, with a density of 281.8 inhabitants per km². Tenerife is its most populous island with approximately one million inhabitants; the island of Gran Canaria is the second most-populous. The total area of the archipelago is 7447 km². It also enjoys sub-tropical climate with longer hot days in summer and cool in winter.
The status of capital city is shared by the cities of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, which in turn are the capitals of the provinces of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Las Palmas. Until 1927 Santa Cruz de Tenerife was the only capital. The third largest city of the Canary Islands is San Cristóbal de La Laguna (City World Heritage Site) on the island of Tenerife. (Source: Wikipedia)
My memories of Canary Islands
Island of Travel: Fuerteventura
Time of Travel: November 2008, November 2009
My only words are “WOW, this is amazing!”… It is one of the most beautiful locations closest to Europe. Exceptional landscapes, beautiful beaches, superb conditions for surfing and I could go on. You must see it for yourself! Go visit Canary Islands.
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