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 islands make up the Canary chain and are covered in the mappa map:
Gran Canaria — The largest island by population, capital city Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Green and steep in the north, dry and flat in the south.
Fuerteventura — windsurfer’s mecca.
Lanzarote — Low lying and arid, with a spectacular volcanic landscape in the west of the island (National Park of Timanfaya). The capital is Arrecife and has its own airport (ACE). Lanzarote is also of volcanic origin.
Tenerife — The island of Tenerife has many museums and monuments that serve as portrayals of its rich history. The highest mountain of Spain, El Teide and 3rd largest volcano in the world. The capital is Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The title of capital city is shared with San Cristóbal de La Laguna.
La Gomera — The Magic Isle – walker’s paradise. It is shaped like an orange that has been cut in half and split into segments. The local people have a unique way of communicating across deep ravines by using a whistled speech called Silbo Gomero. This whistled language is indigenous to the island, and its existence has been documented since Roman times.
La Palma — The capital is Santa Cruz de la Palma. The southern part of La Palma is dominated by the Cumbre Vieja, a volcanic ridge.
El Hierro — ‘The edge of the world’. It is also known as the Meridian Island.
The two airports (North/TFN & South/TFS) on Tenerife and the Gran Canaria Airport (LPA) are the busiest, but it’s also possible to fly to many of the other islands – all are covered on the mappa map.