Whilst geographically part of Africa, the Canary Islands have been a Spanish autonomous community since 1982. Composed of several islands, the largest of which is Tenerife, the culture of the Canary Islands is closely linked with that of Spain.
Known for its tropical climate and wildlife, the Canary Islands has been a favoured holiday location for Europeans. Recently, however, the Canary Islands are facing increasing waves of migrants from West Africa who seek to travel to Europe in search of economic opportunity.
Despite the strong influence of Spanish culture, the Canary Islands also has a rich native Guanche culture, which is related to that of the Berbers in Morocco. The Canary Islands has developed a unique whistled language called Silbo Gomero, which was used to communicate over large, impassable distances.