Coasts of the Canary Islands no longer administered by the Spanish government

by Lorraine Williamson
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LAS PALMAS DE GRAN CANARIA – As of January 1, 2023, powers over the coasts of the Canary Islands have been definitively transferred from the Spanish government in Madrid to the government of the islands. 

The more than 1,500 kilometres of coastline is now managed by the island government. This was preceded by many years in which this was one of the main demands on the part of the archipelago’s political and business community. Now it is the regional executive that decides on the planning and management of the more than 1,500 kilometres coastline. 

The Canarian government, which has criticised the centralised management of the coasts, will be given full powers in terms of construction, beach allocation or tendering for the concession of services. Furthermore, in this sense, these are key aspects for tourism management and development. 

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An old demand from the region that had been awaiting resolution since 2019 has now been met. And the transfer of powers is enshrined in the latest reform of the Canary Islands Statute of Autonomy. This was approved in November 2018. 

The Canary Islands 

The Canary Islands are an archipelago located off the northwest African coast comprising seven main islands and several smaller ones. The island group are an autonomous community of Spain. They are known for their subtropical climate, sandy beaches, and diverse landscapes, which range from mountains to deserts to forests. Consequently, they are also a popular tourist destination. Moreover, they attract visitors from all over the world with their warm weather, beautiful beaches, and various recreational activities. Some of the most popular activities in the Canary Islands include hiking, diving, and surfing. The islands are also home to a number of UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the Teide National Park on Tenerife, which is home to Spain’s highest mountain, the volcano Mount Teide.

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