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The town of Yaiza has been one of the first settlements on Lanzarote, where life was based around farming and agriculture. At the beginning of the 15th century, Yaiza was declared the first Christian village on the Canary Islands.
Due to its raised position, Yaiza was safe from the numerous, cruel pirate attacks that plagued Lanzarote during the 16th and 17th centuries. Good fortune was once again present during the volcanic eruptions of the 18th century (1730-1736), which left Yaiza untouched as the pouring stream of lava suddenly split in two towards Playa Blancaand Uga, bypassing the village. Many say it was the protection of Nuestra Señora de los Remedios which kept the town safe.
Where is Yaiza
The municipality of Yaiza is located on the southern part of Lanzarote, having Playa Blanca as its main resort. More than half of the Timanfaya National Park, as well as the villages of Uga, Femes and the coastal areas of Playa Quemada and Costa de Papagayo belong to the municipal district of Yaiza.
Yaiza is located half an hour’s drive away from the island’s airport and 20 minutes drive away from Puerto del Carmen - Lanzarote’s most famous resort. Playa Blanca, another jewel of the archipelago is only a 15 minutes drive away, while a trip to the National park will take you 10 minutes by car.
Things to do in Yaiza
The two times winner of Most Beautiful Village on Lanzarote, Yaiza boasts many flower-filled squares, picturesque buildings and provides a contrast to the omnipresent, dark volcanic landscape.
Although there aren’t many things to do in the small village except viewing a few art galleries, it’s well worth visiting for its extremely well preserved architecture, its tranquility and its magnificent views over Timanfaya and the Fire Mountains. Yaiza has truly been frozen in time, giving the village an authentic Canarian feel.
The three-centuries old Church of Nuestra Señora de los Remedios is considered a major point of interest in Yaiza, as it hosts the Madonna, a statue veiled in mystery as sometimes it’s covered in a blue light, according to locals.
There are also a few bars and restaurants serving local cuisine, boutique shops and souvenir shops. La Bodega de Santiago and La Era Restaurante are just two of the places other holidaymakers recommended when visiting Yaiza.
The surrounding area
Playa Blanca is considered by many one of the best resorts on Lanzarote, keeping in mind its wonderful fine white-sand beach and lively atmosphere. It’s a great place for your holiday if you’re not just looking for a perfect sunbathing spot, but you want to have some fun as well. There are many water-sports available, as well as nightclubs for the younger crowds.
Costa de Papagayo is truly Lanzarote’s hidden jewel. The southern tip of the island hosts no less than 5 golden beaches, all part of the Monumento Natural de Los Ajaches - a protected area of the island. For this reason, building restrictions are in place here, although you will find showers and toilets in its vicinity. Sunbathing is possible year-round here, due to its ideal location. Voyages from different resorts on the island, such as Puerto del Carmen, to Costa de Papagayo are organised daily, so if you are on holiday in Lanzarote, we strongly recommend you visit it.
As mentioned earlier, Timanfaya National Park is part of the Yaiza district, so a trip to the unique volcanic landscape is simply a must. You will get the chance to ride a camel on the edges of volcanic cones, view spectacular sights such as the Fire Mountains or unique caves, carved by the 18th century eruptions. While you’re here, you can also visit the lava tubes Cueva de los VerdesandJameos del Agua , the longest lava tubes on Earth, where Cesar Manrique cleverly designed concert halls, combining art with nature.