Gran Canaria is one of Spainâ€™s Canary Islands, off northwestern Africa. It’s known for its black lava and white sand beaches. Its southern beaches include bustling Playa del InglÃ©s and Puerto Rico as well as quieter Puerto de MogÃ¡n and San AgustÃn. In the north, capital city Las Palmas is a major stop for cruise ships and duty-free shopping. The islandâ€™s interior is rural and mountainous.