Yaiza – Lanzarote

The village of Yaiza relishes its reputation as the prettiest on Lanzarote — and it certainly is very picturesque.

Some typically Canarian-style buildings survived the eruption that wiped out most of the village in the l730s, and these have been complemented by later ones in the same style.

Palms line the road as you approach, scarlet geraniums decorate green balconies and bougainvillea drips over snowy- white garden walls.

In the central square is the church of Nuestra Señora de los Remedios, which has columns of volcanic rock and a beautiful painted wooden ceiling; unlike many of the island churches, it is usually open.

In contrast the Galeria Yaiza (Mon—Sat 5—7pm; free), at the west end of the village, has good exhibitions of contemporary art, but the limited opening hours mean you have to make a special effort to see them.

Yaiza has several nice places to stay and a couple of good restaurants, although the famous La Era, set in an 18th-century farmhouse converted by Manrique, is currently closed and no reopening date is predicted.

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