Islas Canarias (
Location of the Canary Islands within Spain
The Canary Islands (
The seven main islands are (from largest to smallest in area)
The archipelago's beaches, climate and important natural attractions, especially
The capital of the Autonomous Community is shared by the cities of
During the time of the
The name Islas Canarias is likely derived from the Latin name Canariae Insulae, meaning "Islands of the Dogs", a name that was applied only to Gran Canaria. According to the historian
Alternatively, it is said that the original inhabitants of the island,
Other theories speculate that the name comes from the
The connection to dogs is retained in their depiction on the islands' coat-of-arms.
It is considered that the aborigines of Gran Canaria called themselves "Canarios". It is possible that after being conquered, this name was used in plural in Spanish, i.e., as to refer to all of the islands as the Canarii-as.
What is certain is that the name of the islands does not derive from the