Exotic island paradise with a fiery past. During the glory days of the Spanish empire, the Canary Isles were the main stopover point for galleons making their way to the Americas. Today they attract 12 million tourists a year, lured by the archipelago’s beaches, sub-tropical climate and stunning natural attractions. The Canaries comprise seven main islands and several islets. They are home to four of Spain’s 13 national parks and have richly varied flora and fauna and marine life. Five of the Canary Isles have golf courses: the main golfing centres of Gran Canaria and Tenerife, and Fuerteventura, La Gomera and Lanzarote.