Visit Yaiza, Spain
Yaiza is a small village very close to 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.
Zaiza 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 Zaiza 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.
For more information and photos of Yaiza see wikipedia Zaiza.
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.
Map of Yaiza and places to visit
Yaiza places to visit
See more places nearby in the Canary Islands guide