This popular Spanish island group sits off the coast of West Africa. Because of its many high mountains, the climate of the Canaries varies. However, the weather is pleasant year-round in many of the coastal areas that face the Atlantic side of the archipelago. Summer highs rarely top 80 degrees, while wintertime visitors will still enjoy daytime temps that approach 70. With a few exceptions (namely the northern portions of the island of Tenerife), the climate is quite arid and sunny, earning the islands the nickname “Land of Eternal Spring.” The Portuguese archipelago of Madeira, also in the Atlantic off the coast of Africa, enjoys similar temperature patterns, but is much rainier (albeit greener) than the Canaries.