Yaiza - the prettiest village in Spain

by Nicola Quinn
'Lanzarote Yaiza white houses village under volcanic mountains of Canary Islands' - Lanzarote
'Lanzarote Yaiza white houses village under volcanic mountains of Canary Islands' holbox / Shutterstock

Tucked into the south western side of Lanzarote, Yaiza has been voted as the prettiest village in Spain not once but twice, thanks to its beautiful buildings, tranquil atmosphere and stunning landscape. Although the outskirts of the resort have undergone recent development, the centre of Yaiza still holds onto its true roots and maintains its Canarian character.

Yaiza is just a very short distance away from the Timanfaya National Park and makes a great stopping point for anyone visiting the popular tourist attraction. Due to its proximity to the park, the bizarre volcanic scenery spreads down from the mountains into the resort, creating a beautifully unique landscape which captivates all visitors.

Although there isn’t a great deal of things to see and do here, this only adds to the charm of the traditional sleepy village. If you’d like to experience Yaiza like a local, wander the palm tree-lined streets and feel the warm sunshine on your back or head for one of the pretty plazas and watch the world go by whilst sipping a café con leche and pondering over a tapas menu.

There are a few shops – mainly mini-markets and souvenir kiosks – dotted throughout Yaiza, as well as some beautifully-maintained gardens full of flora native to the Canary Islands. The church of Nuestra Señora de los Remedios dates back to the 17th century and is worth a visit if you’re into simple architecture, elegant artwork and detailed sculptures.

Art aficionados will be pleased to hear that there is also a number of art galleries in Yaiza. Most of them are found in the village’s main street and display the paintings and sculptures of local Canarian artists and international artists from all over the world.

With the exception of a handful of local tapas bars, there's not much in the way of nightlife in Yaiza. If you're happy chatting on the terrace with a cool beer in hand whilst the sun sets then you're sorted. But if you're after a headier nightclub scene, you're best off heading to Puerto del Carmen or Playa Blanca.

If you’re in search of a true taste of traditional Lanzarote and want a peaceful resort to explore, Yaiza is the ideal place for you.

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