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The Canary Islands, also known as the Canaries, is a Spanish archipelago located just off the northwest coast of mainland Africa, 100 km west of the border between Morocco and the Western Sahara. The Canaries are a Spanish autonomous community and an outermost region of the European Union. The islands include (from largest to smallest): Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro, La Graciosa, Alegranza, Isla de Lobos, Mountain Clara, East Rock and West Rock. The Canary Islands are legally recognized as a nationality of Spain. Geographically it is a part of the African Continent. The beaches, climate and important natural attractions,                                                               as Teide National Park and Mount Teide (highest mountain of Spain),                                                               (highest mountain of Spain), make it a major tourist destination, with over                                                           12 million visitors per year. The islands have a subtropical climate, with                                                        long warm summers and moderately warm winters. Due to their location above the                                                                                                                       temperature inversion layer, these islands
                                                                                                                         are ideal for astronomical observation. Two
                                                                                                                           international observatories, Teide
                                                                                                                             Observatory (Tenerife) and Roque de los
                                                                                                                             Muchachos Observatory (La Palma),
                                                                                                                             have been built on the islands.

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