La Victoria de Acentejo
La Victoria in the North of Tenerife...
La Victoria de Acentejo is where the resistance of the native Guanche people of Tenerife was finally ended by the Spanish invaders in 1494.
It was the scene of the second of two battles fought in the area that year - the first was at nearby La Matanza (which means 'the slaughter') and ended in ignominious defeat for the would-be conquistadores.
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The leader of the invasion force, Alonso Fernández de Lugo, fled back to his base in Gran Canaria but soon returned at the head of a new army to crush the last Guanche stronghold in the archipelago and complete the Spanish capture of the islands.
The town of La Victoria de Acentejo sprang up on the site of the battle.
These days La Victoria follows more genteel pastimes, chief among which is the production of red wine.
La Victoria is part of the Tacoronte-Acentejo wine region, producing some of the best wines on the island, with rich, fruity and heady characteristics.
Because of its proximity to the island capital of Santa Cruz just 15 miles away, La Victoria is ideally placed to offer its visitors the best of both worlds.
On the one hand it is an excellent base from which to explore both the forests of the Anaga Mountains and the vastness of Teide national park, while on the other it's perfectly placed to make those shopping expeditions to Santa Cruz just as rewarding.
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