The Canary Islands, also known as the Canaries, are a collection of Islands situated west of the border between the Western Sahara and Morocco and just above mainland Africa.
As one of Spain's many autonomous communities, the Canaries is made up of a collection of islands, including Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, La Palma, El Hierro and La Gomera among others.
The largest of all the islands in the Canaries is Tenerife at over 2000 square kilometres and with nearly 900,000 inhabitants.
The history of the Canary Islands goes way back to before the time of the aborigines, where the vast majority of Islands were inhabited by prehistoric animals. The first human colonies to set foot on the Canary Islands were the Greeks, the Phoenicians and the Carthaginians, although the Carthaginians are understood to have reported old ruins and imposing buildings upon arrival to the Islands, suggesting that humans had been there before.
The Canary Islands have been a huge tourist destination for holiday travellers from across Europe for many years, with a wide range of attractions on offer including the idyllic coastlines, warm climates and famous landmarks.
There are various resorts available to visit in Gran Canaria, whilst the world's third tallest volcano is based in Tenerife. The winters are reasonably warm whilst the summers are both warm and extensive thanks to the subtropical climate.
The current demographics of the Canary Islands state a population of around 2.1 million inhabitants. The entire archipelago is around 7500 square kilometres and holds the eight largest of Spain's autonomous communities. Around 82 percent of the population are Spanish born, with significant immigration stemming from countries such as the United Kingdom, Italy and Portugal. Due to the Islands close proximity to African mainland, a large portion of the population originate from Africa, with the vast majority emigrating from Morocco.