Gran Canaria is one of the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean. The capital and biggest city is Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in the north of the island. Economical centre (tourism) of the island is in the south. Gran Canaria is the second most populous island of the Canary Islands, after Tenerife.
Gran Canaria lives - like most of the Canary Islands - mainly on tourism, although Las Palmas does have one of the most important ports in the Atlantic. The touristic centres Maspalomas and Playa del Ingles in the south are especially popular. The climate varies very little through the year. Gran Canaria is very popular for its party tourism.
The international airport is farther north.
The administration of the Canary Islands is shared between Tenerife and Gran Canaria.