The Canary Islands are a Spanish archipelago located in the Atlantic Ocean, west of Morocco. These volcanic islands are famous for their black- and white-sand beaches, their prehistoric sites, their lush pine forests, their lunar landscapes, and their Sahara-style dunes. The seven main islands are: Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, and El Hierro. The islands have a subtropical climate, which makes them a major tourist destination. The capital of the Canary Islands is shared between the cities of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
During the times of the Spanish Empire, the Canary Islands were used as the main stopover for Spaniards on their way to America.