Yaiza is a town located in the south of the island of Lanzarote, featuring beautiful white constructions built in a traditional architectural style, a calm atmosphere and impressive surroundings. Since it is near Timanfaya National Park, the volcanic landscape stretches from the mountains and reaches the town, captivating all those who visit this area.
You can relax on any of the beaches or explore the exotic sights afforded by the many magma formations. Here go a few of the essentials:
· With an area of 51 square kilometers, Timanfaya National Park spreads from the Mountains of Fire and reaches the sea. The extraordinary geological formations are the result of volcano eruptions between 1730 and 1736, and later in 1824. This park is the most important tourist attraction on Lanzarote. Something not to be missed is the extraordinary restaurant with glass walls designed by the artist César Manrique.
· La Geria is a protected farming area in the central part of the island. This is the land of the famous malvasia wine. The vines grow in holes dug out in the black volcanic soil, following traditional farming techniques. The white houses contrast with the dark background of the valley, making up one of the most appealing landscapes of Lanzarote.
· A singularly beautiful and fascinating place is the Salinas of Janubio. This is a 440,000 sq. m terrain dedicated to salt production, something possible thanks to the central lake of sea water.
· El Golfo, Los Hervideros and Charco de los Clicos. Los Hervideros is a section of the coast where you can observe the waves breaking against the magma that went solid when it reached the sea. El Golfo is an old volcanic building that was surrounded by lava from the eruption of Timanfaya. Charco de los Clicos is a green lagoon filled with sea water.
· The beaches are ideal for relaxing all year round thanks to the mild spring weather. Playa Quemada is located in a fisherman’s village. The Papagayo beaches are among the best in Lanzarote. Playa Blanca and Playa Dorada are quaint little beaches of fine, white sand.
· As far as food is concerned, try out local dishes such as sancocho, potaje, rancho canario, papas with mojo sauce and puchero. For dessert, there are excellent cheeses accompanied with bienmesabe. The following restaurants are well worth a try: La cocina de Colacho, Casa Torano, Casa Gregorio, and La Bodega de Santiago.
The spectacular volcanic landscape of Yaiza, the nice weather and pleasant people make this town a perfect place for withdrawing and disconnecting from the rest of the world.
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