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Yaiza is a small village on the south-eastern edge of the Timanfaya National Park and its Mountains of Fire. Indeed it is so close that back in the 1700s when the volcanoes were very active Yaiza lay directly in the path of the lava. Many neighbouring towns were consumed by the lava but as it approached Zaiza the lava flow split. One stream went towards Uga and the other towards Playa Blanca. Zaiza, in the middle escaped unharmed.
Yaiza sits amid this weird luna landscape and its white-washed buildings and pretty squares are little changed since the days it escaped the volcanoes. Its church, the Nuestro Senora de los Remedios dates back to the 17th century and contains a statue of the Madonna which is reputed to sometimes be lit by a strange blue glow.
Residents of Yaiza have planted their streets with colourful displays and set against the white buildings and volcanic scenery the effect is very attractive.So much so that Yaitza has won a "prettiest village in Spain" accolade a couple of times.
At Christmas time Yaiza sets up a large "Belen" or Nativity scene, with miniatures of different places around Lanzarote island including Playa Blanca, Timanfaya and Arrecife. Hidden amongst the miniature settings is a figure of a man defecating and finding this is considered to be good luck!
Places to visit near Yaiza
Near to Yaiza is El Golfo which is a beautiful natural lake which has formed in the crater of a volcano. The lake is a beautiful green colour.
The eerie landscape of Timanfaya National Park is well worth spending some time exploring.
Playa Blanca sits to the south of Yaiza and is a popular resort.