Yaiza is an enchanting town in the south of Lanzarote and is the capital of the Yaiza region.
It is found on the border of the natural setting that is unique in the world, the Timanfaya National Park, circled by volcanoes and arid landscapes, which combine to create a unique look. Yaiza is popular for its traditional architecture, dominated by low white buildings, with windows and doors coloured green or blue, wooden balconies and volcanic stones decorating the streets.
There are approximately 600 people living in Yaiza. It is also where the government for the southern region of Lanzarote is based.
Yaiza is the perfect place to take a look at traditional Canarian architecture. The town has received various awards for its beautiful houses and streets.
An excellent example of the island’s traditional architecture is the Casa de la Cultura Benito Pérez Armas, which was built in the 18th Century and was the former home of the writer and politician Benito Pérez Armas, who was originally from Lanzarote.
The Plaza de Los Remedios (Los Remedios Square) marks the centre of town and is the main social hub in Yaiza. The town’s Catholic church, the Church of Our Lady of Los Remedios (Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios), has stood here since 1728.
Close to Yaiza, you’ll find plenty of other charming towns, like the village of Uga. Also, Lanzarote’s most popular natural space, Timanfaya, is next to the town, as well as the unique La Geriavineyards. A few kilometres to the west are places like Salinas de Janubio and Los Hervideros.
How to get there
From the south of the island, you can get to Yaiza via the LZ-2. LZ-2 is the road which connects Arrecife with Playa Blanca. You can also take the LZ-701, which joins Playa Blanca to Yaiza itself.
From the north, you can take the LZ-67.
The main festivity in the town is the Fiesta de los Remedios, which takes place every 8th September. The celebration is in honour of the Virgin of Los Remedios (Virgen de los Remedios), the patron saint of the Yaiza region. Throughout the first week of September, there are several events, with the big day coming on the 8th, with a mass, a procession, and a final concert with fireworks.