Yaiza is a very picturesque old village with palm trees and lots of white buildings. It is located around 15km from Playa Blanca, 20km from Arrecife. I am sure some of the buses from Arrecife to Playa Blanca stop in the village however the bus service is sometimes infrequent. Hope this helps a little.
No problem with the bus. That should take you about 20 minutes. It's the number six you want. They go about every hour or so.
www.arrecifebus.com will give you the times. Once on that website, click the link on the left that includes the word Horarios" and then select Linea 6.
Yaiza is predominantly residential - but yes there are one or two bars. As you enter the town from Playa Blanca, there is one on each side of the road... both large. Then in the town there are a couple more. I don't think there is a bus stop on the edge of town - but there is definitely one in the centre.
It's a very sleepy village... so don't expect bustling throngs of Spaniards pouring gallons of sangria. But if you time it right for one of their fiestas, it's a great atmosphere.
We have a few friends who live in Yaiza. It IS a very pretty village.
I could only guess at the cost of a taxi - but I estimate around 12 to 15 euros each way.
Yes Yaiza won the equivalent to our Britain in bloom awards. It is beautiful but not in the conventional sense. The white sugar cube village with the back-drop of a stark volcanic landscape and lush green palms make it what it is. The mountains around it change colour with the natural light. Personally I like the road down to Playa Blanca at night with the moon-light on the rocks, the purple and blue hues really come out.
Thank you for your informative replies. I will check out the bus timetable.
Another option might be to hire a car for the day and call in to Yaiza en route to or from visiting Timanfaya Park.
Any tips/costs for car hire in Playa?
When I was there in November, I went online to see how much it would be for a few days but they could not beat the local office of Cabrera Medina. The rate we paid was nothing like the rates shown outside. I think business is so slow they are practically giving cars away, just for the price of insurance.
Bear in mind again, the published price is not always what you will pay.
We were a little disappointed with Yaiza - can't exactly say why, but we expected something 'prettier', and although it was attractive and atmospheric, we couldn't see how it has been deemed Prettiest Spanish Village. When we were there, everything was closed and there was hardly a soul around. We went twice and it was the same each time. Other villages we found attractive were Haria, Femes, and Teguise (I think Teguise is bigger and has more notable buildings). Haria and Teguise certainly have more bars and eating places.
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