Gran Canaria is one of SpainÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Canary Islands, off northwestern Africa. It’s known for its black lava and white sand beaches. Its southern beaches include bustling Playa del InglÃƒÂ©s and Puerto Rico as well as quieter Puerto de MogÃƒÂ¡n and San AgustÃƒÂn. In the north, capital city Las Palmas is a major stop for cruise ships and duty-free shopping. The islandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s interior is rural and mountainous.