The Canaries have a popular tourist destination ever since Columbus arrived here before setting sail to discover the New World. Sailing industry has boomed quickly and there is the ever increasing number of yachts either based in the islands or just visiting marinas. This archipelago is an autonomous region of Spain. It is divided into two provinces of Gran Canaria with the islands Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura; and Tenerife consisting of the islands of Tenerife, La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro. The Canary Islands have lovely, sheltered marinas and boast excellent beaches.