The Canary Islands, situated in the Atlantic Ocean near the northwestern coast of Africa, are Spanish provinces. Farming is one of the principal industries, as the volcanic soil is extremely fertile. Here, on the island of Lanzarote, a camel is used for threshing wheat. Autonomous region of Spain consisting of a group of islands off the northwestern coast of Africa, comprising the provinces of Las Palmas and Santa Cruz de Tenerife. They consist of seven large islands and various islets. The climate is subtropical and tourism is important, especially on the islands of Gran Canaria and Tenerife.
Whitewashed houses with wooden balconies facing the sea are characteristic of the traditional dwellings found in the city of Santa Cruz de la Palma in the Canary Islands.