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colonization – Has Morocco ever claimed ownership of the Canary and Madeira islands?


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Has Morocco ever claimed ownership of the Canary and Madeira islands? If no, then why not?

How about the island countries Cabo Verde and São Tomé and their African continental neighbours?

  • colonization
  • spain
  • africa
  • portugal
  • morocco


Morocco has no sensible grounds to claim these islands.

It might have some legitimacy to claim semi-enclaves like Ceuta and Melilla or the couple of tiny islands off of its shore that currently are in Iberian hands. But Morocco’s claim on these territories are on the same order as Spain’s not so strong claim on Gibraltar: they’ve been under Iberian control for longer than they’ve been under Moroccan control.

As to the islands you’re wondering about, they’ve never belonged to Morocco at any point in time. The only islands that had natives were the Canary, which were inhabited by Guanches. While the latter are technically related to Berbers, they were a separate political entity from that of Arab-Berbers on the mainland, and lived in relative isolation until the Spanish settled.

Morocco does have a few points of contention with Spain, however, over territorial waters between its shores and the Canary, chiefly because of fishing and oil drilling rights. It rejected Spain’s unilateral designation of a median line from the islands in 2002.


Morocco has no claim to the Canary islands, they have never occupied the territory. They have no cultural or historical presence. The aboriginal population may have been distantly related to Berbers, but so were lots of other people in the Sahel, and that does not entitle Morocco to claim the Sahel any more than it entitles the other nations of the Sahel to claim Morocco.

The Guanches were a separate people, and a distant relationship with Berbers does not make them Berbers any more than it makes the English German owing to their ancestory. Although they don’t exist as an ethnic group today their DNA lives on in the current occupants of the land. In short, the Canary Islands belongs to the Canary Islanders, no one else. If they choose to be part of Spain then the Canary Islands are part of Spain. Morocco has no say in this. They are outsiders.


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For people who say Morocco have no claim to canary Islands… A DNA test have revealed the first inhabitant of the islands have berber DNA who came from Morocco


Actually, Morocco has reasonable grounds to claim Ceuta, Melilla and Canary Islands since historically speaking the latter have always been part of North Africa and Morocco until the Spanish colonization. The pre-colonial population of Canaries is generally referred to as Guanches who were originally the inhabitants of Tenerife. In 2017, the first genome-wide data from Guanches confirmed a North African origin and they were genetically most similar to Berbers who are the native inhabitants of Morocco and North Africa. The Guanches were the only native people known to have lived in the Macaronesian region before the arrival of Europeans. Berbers or Amazighs are an ethnic group indigenous to North Africa primarily inhabiting Morocco, Algeria, Northern Mali, Mauritania, Northern Niger, Tunisia and a part of Western Egypt. Most Berber people live in North Africa, mainly in Morocco, Libya, Algeria and Tunisia. Small Berber population are also found in Niger, Mali, Mauritania, Burkina Faso and Egypt as well as large immigrant communities living in Spain, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany and Canada.


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Canary Immo | Costs when buying property on the Canary Islands

In this blog, costs when buying property on the Canary Islands, we will give you an overview of the extra costs you should take into account when buying, owning or selling real estate on the Canary Islands. Obviously, the actual costs may be subject to changing regulations or local exceptions. We strongly recommend you to consult a legal advisor when you buy or sell property in Spain, and therefore also on the Canary Islands. Ask your consultant for an overview of all possible costs for your specific situation.

Costs when buying property on the Canary Islands

Compared to other Spanish regions, tax rates on real estate in the Canary Islands are remarkably favorable. So, the total extra costs for buying property remain relatively low, around 10% of the purchase value.

The transfer tax on real estate constitutes the largest part of the costs when buying property on the Canary Islands. The rate depends on whether you buy a newly built or a second-hand property. If you are buying a new property in the Canary Islands, you will pay 7% IGIC (General Indirect Tax of the Canary Islands) + 1% of the purchase price. If you are buying a second-hand home, the rate is 6.5% of the purchase value.

On top of that, you will have to pay registration fees. These usually amount to only a few hundred euros, depending on the purchase value of your property.

In the same range are the costs for the registration of the purchase agreement in the Spanish Land Register. These costs are also calculated on the basis of the purchase price.

When buying a property in the Canary Islands, it is advisable to seek legal advice from an independent advisor or a legal consultancy. A legal advisor can help you with your tax returns and can assist you with advice on those legal aspects of your purchase for which the notary is not responsible. The role of a notary in Spain is rather limited. For advice from a legal advisor on the purchase of your property, you will pay approximately 1% of the purchase value.

However limited the role of the notary, you will have to take into account notary fees. The notary fees depend on the purchase price of your property and, as in the rest of Spain, average about € 1,000.

Finally, you will also have to pay certain administrative costs, such as for switching utilities. Of course, these costs vary from company to company.

Costs when owning real estate

As a property owner in Spain you pay an annual property tax, the Impuesto sobre Bienes Inmuebles (IBI). If you do not file your annual personal income tax return in Spain but in the country where you officially reside, then you are not a tax resident in Spain and you will have to pay an additional non-resident tax on your property, the so-called Impuesto sobre la Renta de no Residentes (sin establecimiento permanente).    

The calculation of the property tax is based on the income you generate from your property. For periods when you rent out your property, 19% tax is charged on your gross rental income. Note that this rate only applies if you are a resident of the EU, Norway or Iceland. If you reside in another country, your tax will be 24% of your income. If you do not rent out or for those periods when your property is not rented out, a notional income tax is applied, calculated on the basis of the cadastral value of your property. Both the rates applied and the cadastral value may vary from one municipality to another.    

Note that the Spanish tax authorities do not send you a formal notice to file your tax return. As the property owner, you must submit the annual property tax return on your own initiative.

Also note that if there are several owners of the same property, a joint tax return cannot be filed. In that case, each owner must file a separate tax return for his/her portion of the property.

It is highly recommended to entrust your tax return to a legal representative.

Costs when selling real estate

When you sell Spanish real estate, you must pay a capital gains tax. This applies to both residents and non-residents. For residents some exemptions or reductions are possible.

For tax residents, a four-tier tax structure is used. For a capital gain from € 0 to € 6,000 the rate is 19%. The rate for a capital gain between € 6,001 and € 50,000 is 21%. On a capital gain from € 50,001 to € 200,000 23% is charged. From € 200,000 capital gains are taxed at 26%.

For non-residents a fixed rate of 19% is applied.

Certain costs you made for your property are deductible: renovation costs, notary fees, estate agent fees, etc. The official invoices serve as proof. 

The payment of this capital gains tax must take place within 90 days after the sale of your property. If you are a non-resident, 3% of the sale price is deducted as an advance payment. The exact amount must be settled with the Spanish tax authorities afterwards.    

As a seller of real estate in Spain, you must also pay a municipal capital gains tax, the so-called plusvalía municipal. This is a tax on the increase in value of the land. The calculation of the tax takes into account the term of your ownership, the location of the property and the taxable land price according to the cadastral data. The plusvalía is for the seller’s account, unless the buyer agrees to bear the cost. This is something to take into account when concluding an agreement, both for the buyer and the seller.

Finally, in Spain an energy certificate, issued by an accredited inspector, is a requirement for any homeowner wishing to sell or rent. The cost varies, depending on the size of your property, between €100 and €500. However, those costs are deductible from the capital gains tax.


You should not be discouraged by this list of costs, fees and taxes. Compared to the mainland, buying, owning and selling property in the Canary Islands remains relatively cheap. It is however advisable to seek legal advice from a consultant who is familiar with the legal context, also for information on gifts of real estate and inheritance regulations. Be sure to ask us for the contact details of our partners in this field.

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Who owns the Canary Islands?

The Canary Islands are archipelagos in the Atlantic Ocean to the west of Morocco, associated with Spain. In terms of local government, the Canary Islands were accepted as an autonomous community of the Canary Islands by a law that came into force on August 2, 1982.

Where is La Palma volcano?

La from the Canary Islands group in southwestern Spain It was reported that the seismic activity of the Cumbre Vieja volcano, which had been active for 85 days on the island of Palma, had ceased. Authorities announced that the Cumbre Vieja volcano has not erupted or poured lava for 10 days. What time of year can you visit the Canary Islands?

On the other hand, the Canaries have a subtropical semi-arid climate. Given the climate of the Canary Islands, the best time to visit is spring and autumn. Especially if you are going to travel around the country and not just the islands, the best time is Autumn.

How to get from Turkey to the Canary Islands?

Unfortunately, there is no direct flight from Turkey to the Canary Islands. You need to fly to Madrid or Barcelona with Turkish Airlines or Pegasus and transfer from there with one of the local airlines.

In which country is La Palma located?

Lava flow continues from 5 mouths and 10 different branches of the Cumbre Vieja volcano, which has been active since September 19 on the island of La Palma, a group of Canary Islands in southwestern Spain.

Where to go in the Canary Islands?

Places to visit in the Canary Islands

Teide National Park Auditorio de Tenerife. Loro Park. Puerto de la Cruz. Are the beaches of Tenerife Canary Islands expensive?

Is the Canary Islands an expensive region? Average prices in the Canary Islands are higher than in Turkey. For shopping in the Canary Islands, you will have to pay 1.68 times more than in Turkey.

Does Fuerteventura require a visa?

Canary Islands: holders of diplomatic, service and special passports, provided that they do not exceed ninety days within a period of six months, are exempted from a visa when traveling to the aforementioned country. Ordinary passport holders require a visa.

Whose island is La Palma?

This is the fifth largest island in the Canary Islands. The total population is 86,000 people. Of these, 18,000 live in the capital of Santa Cruz de la Palma and about 20,000 in Los Llanos de Aridana. La Palma has the status of a sister city of California’s El Dorado Hills.

La Palma volcano extinct?

The volcano nightmare on the Spanish island of La Palma is over.