The municipality of La Matanza de Acentejo covers 14.1 km2 (5.45 sq miles) in north-eastern Tenerife. Its name means the Massacre of Acentejo because it was the scene of a great battle that took place during the conquest, when the aborigines defeated the Spaniards. The municipality borders with La Victoria de Acentejo, Candelaria and El Sauzal, and reaches its highest point in Lomo del Jugo at 1,589 m (5,213 ft) above sea level. The cliffs on the coast are populated with varied vegetation, from sea heath (Frankenia ericifolia), sea fennel (Astydamia latifolia), Rhamnus crenulata and Canarian St John's wort (Hypericum canariense), as well as Canary island spurges and tabaibas. By contrast, the mountains are covered in macronesian heathland and tree heath and two types of pine (Pinus canariensis and Pinus radiata). The municipality's hillsides have been altered significantly by man.
The municipality's history began in 1494 in the Acentejo ravine with the battle known as the Massacre of Acentejo, during which the Guanches defeated the conquistadors leveraging their territorial advantage under the guidance of their king, Mencey Bencomo de Taoro. Captain Alonso Fernández de Lugo had no choice but to fall back and abandon the invasion temporarily. After the conquest, the area that now houses the municipality of La Matanza was one of the most populated regions.
Today, the coast of La Matanza is sprinkled with residential villa estates and several wineries giving visitors the opportunity to sample the area's exquisite wines. On the way up into the mountains is the recreational area of La Vica, which is perfect for a picnic or a day out with friends and family.