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Where are the Canary Islands?

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The Canary Islands

The Canary Islands are an archipelago of islands located in the Atlantic Ocean. Maybe you have heard these islands mentioned, but exactly where are the Canary Islands?

Where are the Canary Islands located?

The Canary Islands are located off the West Coast of Africa:

where are the Canary islands

We can zoom in on the above and see that the Canary Islands are close to the African country of Morocco:

where are the Canary islands located

If we zoom in further to just the Canary Islands themselves, we there are at least 7 larger islands, with the eastern most island less than 50 miles from the coast of Africa:

the Canary islands location

The Canary Islands are a part of Spain, and are technically a part of Europe. Hence they are the most Southwest portion of Europe.

The Island of Tenerife has over 865,000 inhabitants as of 2012, and is the most populous and largest island of the Canary Islands.

There are 7 large islands and a few smaller ones. The beautiful beaches and the tallest volcano in the world make these islands a hotspot for tourism, which is one of the main boosts to the economy of the Canary Islands. In addition, (like on Hawaii's big Island) the peaks on some of these islands make world class astronomical observatories possible.

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