Do you travel to Lanzarote looking for authentic places and its traditions? If your answer is yes, you will love to visit the village of Yaiza. Today we stop in one of the most beautiful villages of the island and one of the best preserve.
It is situated in the boundary of the National Park of Timanfaya. The village of Yaiza is one of those places that get the attention of every visitor due to its extraordinary beauty. Its white houses with green doors and windows contrast with the black and ochre colours of the volcanic landscape that appeared during the volcanic eruptions from 1730 to 1736.
The houses here still preserve the style and the traditional rural architecture of the island. With flowers in the facade, flat roofs and slightly leaning to use the water of the rain, that is scarce. Some of the houses also have vegetable gardens or “enarenados” (properties covered by volcanic sand where the islanders grow cereals, legumes, potatoes, onions or tomatoes.)
The village of Yaiza also have green areas, manicured gardens, nice streets and some Canary Island date palm. For this reason, this village has been awarded with numerous prices due to its beauty, and has been also standed out to be the most cleaned village of Europe. In this prizes has influenced its historic heritage, one of the best preserved in Lanzarote. And two of them are highlighting:
Our Lady of Los Remedios Church:
As other villages, Yaiza started its urban scene around its church, Our Lady of Los Remedios, whose festivity is the 8th of September. It was built in the 17th century and it is considered one of the oldest buildings of the island and one of the best traditional religious architecture of Lanzarote. Indoors we can see two treasures of great value: an original Mudejar coffered and a baroque canvas dedicated to the Virgin.
The Culture house Benito Pérez Armas:
This is other of the visit in the village. It is a beautiful Canary mansion where lived the famous writer and politician Benito Pérez Armas. A big central courtyard with balconies and a wooden stairs painted in green connects the different rooms of the house, that has a roof in reddish tone. Today it is used as a culture house that host temporary exhibitions, concerts and poetry readings.
As you can see, walk along the quiet and beautiful streets of the village of Yaiza is a pleasure. But if you have more time after your visit, we recommend you to go to the village of La Degollada. From there you will have a great view of the amazing lava fields of the last eruptions of the area. Also, you can go to some of the touristic places of the municipality of Yaiza. The main one if the National Park of Timanfaya, but also La Geria, los Hervideros, las Salinas de Janubio (the salt mines) or the Clicos lake (or the green lake). Each one deserve a visit in your route around the south of the island.