Travel Agent's ViewOne great way to see the Timanfaya Park is by camel...
Well known for its close proximity to the Timanfaya National Park, Yaiza is ideal for those who want to explore the area and for those who enjoy walking and hiking. One great way to see the Timanfaya Park is by camel, which is sure to be a memorable holiday excursion!
The picturesque village offers visitors a selection of fine restaurants and souvenir shops. Other popular attractions such as the 18th century church, galleries of superb sculptures, paintings and crafts are also a must when visiting here.
The lovely beach of Playa Blanca is just 14 km away and offers visitors a superb sandy beach in which to relax and enjoy the sun, and a selection of water sports for those feeling a little more active.
The airport is situated approx 18km from the resort.
Insider's Viewby Julie Cliffe-Jones
I like to stop and take coffee at the old school building in Yaiza, the entrance has a variety of artists' shops...
Yaiza is a rural town situated at the base of the mountains known as the Monumental Natural Los Ajaches and bordering on the Timanfaya National Park. The town was formed back in the 15th century when villagers fed up from fleeing pirates on the south coast looked for a safe place to make their homes inland.
There are some beautiful buildings in Yaiza, it's a great place to go find examples of the traditional Canarian architecture including terracotta tiled roofs, intricate wooden windows, doors and ceilings.
Although not situated on the coast, the sea isn't far away from Yaiza. At the far end of the village is the link road through to the Salinas de Janubio which is one of only two working salt pans left on the island, a reminder of one of the main industries here prior to tourism. The salt pans attract a great variety of migrating birds and attracts photographers, artists, walkers as well as bird watchers.
One of my favourite areas on the island is only a few minutes away from Yaiza. I love to drive the road from the Salinas de Janubio around to the tiny fishing village of El Golfo, the road cuts a smooth path through desolate and rough lava flow. You have got to visit the black pebbled beaches dotted with green olivine gemstones, the boiling pots of Los Hervideros to watch the Atlantic waves crash up through blow holes and walk to view the splendour of the green lagoon of Charco de Los Clicos. A visit here isn't complete without stopping at one of the restaurants in El Golfo for a lunch of freshly caught fish and a bottle of Lanzarote vino blanco seco.
Yaiza has the most stunning nativity scenes at Christmas, each municipality creates their Belén and nothing compares to the one here. Traffic stands still at the roundabout on the entrance to Yaiza, it is beautifully planted and cars are often abandoned whilst photographers try to capture the vision in their lens.
I like to stop and take coffee at the old school building in Yaiza, the entrance has a variety of artists' shops with jewellery, paintings and clothing. Walking through to the back there is a lovely terrace complete with art on the walls.
If you're lucky you can see the train of camels making their way each day from Yaiza to the Fire Mountains, ready for another day of carrying holidaymakers through the Timanfaya National Park.
La Geria is the wine region of Lanzarote and only a short distance from Yaiza. The vines are grown in zocos, which have been likened to craters on the moon.
Yaiza is disguised as a sleepy rural village, a perfect spot for exploring the South of the island and on the doorstep of Lanzarote's top attraction.
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