The Canary Islands are located only 115 kilometers from the African coast. Their volcanic origin and subtropical environment have helped to make the islands the leading destinations of European tourists with over ten million visitors a year. However you don't have to venture very far to get away from the crowds and start to appreciate the natural beauty of the Canaries. You can still find tiny fishing villages with whitewashed houses, forests and volcanoes. The Canary archipelago is comprised of Tenerife which is the largest of the islands, Gran Canaria which is the most scenic, Fuerteventura with its mile after mile of untouched sandy beaches and Lanzarote which is also known as Isla de los Volcanes.