Canary Islands: 7 Canary Islands in comparison (and their most beautiful destinations)
Rugged cliffs, spectacular volcanic landscapes, bushy virgin forests and black, sandy beaches: the Canary Islands are among the most popular destinations for Germans. If you look for the Canary Islands on the map of Europe near the Spanish mainland, you will not find them. If you wonder where the Canary Islands are on the map, you will have to look much further south. Although the 7 Canary Islands belong to the EU, they lie off the west coast of Africa in the Atlantic Ocean.
1. Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria is the Grande Dame among the Canary Islands:
Although it is only the third largest island in the Canary Islands in terms of surface area, it offers such a ridiculously large variety that it is sometimes referred to as a miniature continent.
In the north of the island, lively city life awaits visitors. The largest city in the Canary Islands, Las Palmas, offers an urban mix of historic lanes and vibrant clubs. Directly before the gates of the city lies one of the most popular beaches of Gran Canaria:
Playa de las Canteras.
Experienced locals and amazed tourists are equally impressed by the fine sand of the Canary Island. Despite its popularity, the kilometre-long promenade offers enough space to spread out.