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The town of La Matanza de Acentejo in Tenerife

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The town of La Matanza de Acentejo in Tenerife. Crest (author Jerbez). Click to enlarge the image.The town of La Matanza de Acentejo in Tenerife. Click to enlarge the image.The upper part of the municipality, over 1,000 meters above sea level, is in a large protected area classified natural park that includes Laderas de Santa Ursula, Los Organos, the heights of the valley of Güímar and Monte de La Esperanza. This area is of great ecological value.

The entire coast is a protected area named Acantilados del Sauzal and Tacoronte. Beside the beauty and spectacular nature of these cliffs, it is also a refuge area for many seabirds and there are many plant species endemic.

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The town of La Matanza de Acentejo in Tenerife. Painting. Click to enlarge the image.In 1494 the Spaniards lost a battle against the Guanches there, that’s why he gave it the name of La Matanza (in French, the massacre).

Two years later the Guanches were definitively defeated not far from there, at the site of the present town of La Victoria de Acentejo.

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The town of La Matanza de Acentejo in Tenerife. Village location (Jerbez author) La Matanza de Acentejo is a commune in the north of the island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands. The region is very fertile and well supplied with water. It includes among other banana plantations and vineyards.

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