The seven main islands of Canary Islands are (from largest to smallest in area) Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro.
The archipelago’s beaches, climate and important natural attractions, especially Maspalomas in Gran Canaria and Teide National Park and Mount Teide (a World Heritage Site) in Tenerife, make it a major tourist destination with over 12 million visitors per year, especially Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote.
The islands have a subtropical climate, with long hot summers and moderately warm winters.
The climate is subtropical and desertic, moderated by the sea and in summer by the trade winds. There are a number of microclimates and the classifications range mainly from semi-arid to desert. There also exists a subtropical humid climate which is very influenced by the ocean in the middle of the islands of La Gomera, Tenerife and La Palma; where the laurisilva forests grow.
In 2017, 16 milion tourists visited the Canary Islands.
Number of tourists who visited the Canary Islands by air in 2017, by island of destination
1 Tenerife 5.928.000
2 Gran Canaria 4.478.000
3 Lanzarote 2.929.000
4 Fuerteventura 2.219.000
5 La Palma 294.000
6 La Gomera and El Hierro 128.000