So Where Did The Name Of These Islands Come From?
The Canaries name does not come from the pretty birds but from Latin. Insula Canaria or “Gran Canaria” is actually a reference to Dogs. The Island Of Dogs to be precise may be a result of the huge seals in Roman times. While nobody is sure, this theory seems to be the most credible.
Another of the many names of the Canaries is the “Fortunate Isles”. This is certainly the case in Greek mythology. The ancient Greeks would often say the Fortunate Isles are a paradise with no winter. This is a reference to the superb weather and endless summer here.
The Canary Islands enjoy a subtropical climate where the winters are mild and the summers are hot. The Canaries are known as an “Archipelago”, this name refers to a group or cluster of islands. According to a recent study, the population of the Canary Islands is around 2.2 million.
Which Is The Largest Of The Canary Islands?
The largest Canary Island according to size is Tenerife which covers an area of 785 square miles. You can check all the maps here to get an idea of the layout of the island. Tenerife also has the largest population of 900,000 inhabitants. Next we have Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro.
Tenerife (Biggest Of The Canaries, Population – 950 K)
The super island of Tenerife has the largest population of the Canary Islands with close to 950,000 inhabitants. This is more than any other Spanish island. Tenerife is also the most popular of this Archipelago with over 5 million visitors each year. Tourism is big business here, this island is home to some of the best resorts in the Canaries. This destination gets really busy over Christmas and peaks in March when the temperatures are much warmer.
The popular resorts of Los Cristianos and Playa de las Américas lie in the southwest of the island. This is also where you will find much of the nightlife. To the north is the more sophisticated Costa Adeje which is popular with the wealthy.