Gran Canaria is one of Spain‚s Canary Islands, off northwestern Africa. It’s known for its black lava and white sand beaches. Its southern beaches include bustling Playa del Ingls and Puerto Rico as well as quieter Puerto de Mogán and San Agustn. In the north, capital city Las Palmas is a major stop for cruise ships and duty-free shopping. The island‚s interior is rural and mountainous.