Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city of Salamanca is characterised by its Renaissance architecture and its busy university life. A cultural and knowledge nerve centre during the Middle Ages, its humanistic heritage attracted literary figures from all over the world, as it continues to do today with students from all over Europe. In La Vuelta, it specialises in hosting time-trial stages, crowning such important riders as Ullrich, Froome and Tony Martin. In 2018, it will return to the discipline of linear stages by hosting its twenty-first departure from its streets.
According to traditional Zamora legends, the legendary leader Viriato, a scourge of the Roman Empire in the 2nd century BC, was born in the Sayago area. Viriato's tenacity and combative spirit will be fundamental in helping the peloton complete the stage and cross the unprecedented finish-line at Bermillo de Sayago.