What’s the location of the Canary Islands on the world map?

location of canary islands on world map

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If you are thinking about visiting Tenerife, taking a tour around La Palma or going to Lanzarote or any other of the Canary Islands, but don’t know much about them, this is your post. We reveal the location of the Canary Islands on world map to help you discover Spain’s largest archipelago.

lighthouses in la palma

How many islands are there?

Until the summer of 2018 the Canary archipelago was composed of 7 islands, but after some negotiations, an eighth one was recognized. La Graciosa, which until now had been considered as an islet, was included in the list of the Canary Islands. In addition, the Canary Islands are considered one of the the 5 best scuba diving places in Spain. Did you know that? 🐠

The islands that make up the archipelago are La Palma (which can be seen in its entirety by hiking to Roque de Los Muchachos), El Hierro, La Gomera and Tenerife (which belong to the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife). Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria (which belong to the province of Las Palmas) and finally La Graciosa which is part of the Chinijo archipelago.

Location and capital

The islands are located in the Atlantic Ocean, northwest of Africa and southwest of Spain. Although it is very close to Africa, the archipelago belongs to Spain.

The autonomous community of the Canary Islands has a capital shared between the cities of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Did you know that it is the only Spanish community with two capitals? ✌🏼

Let’s talk about size

The Canary Islands make up the largest archipelago in Spain. Within this, the largest island of the archipelago is Tenerife, with over 900,000 inhabitants. This is home to Spain’s highest peak, and also its only volcano. You can ascend to Teide peak by cable car.

mount teide of tenerife

The smallest island is La Graciosa which is considered a “mini” island. It has only 730 inhabitants. What a difference with Tenerife! 😱

Now that you know the location of the Canary Islands on a world map… Aren’t you willing to visit them? You’ll be able to surprise with your knowledge of Spain’s largest archipelago.

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