There have been settlements in Pravia since the Palaeolithic era, attracted by its fertile land. The town flourished from the eighth century onwards, when the capital of the Asturian Kingdom was moved to Pravia by King Silo. The well-known Church of Santianes dates from this era and is one of the best remaining examples of pre-Romanic construction and the oldest in the Kingdom of Asturias.
Despite the numerous mountain passes La Vuelta has already visited in Asturias, year after year the Principality continues to discover heights the race has never scaled before. The pass Puerto de La Cubilla is on a par with its counterparts in the Pyrenees in terms of length, winding route, and the incomparable beauty of the climb. Over 20 kilometres of constant climbing with inclines of around 5%, and even some steeper stretches that run into double figures. This is a very popular and much-loved mountain pass among cycling tourists, and in La Vuelta 19 this high-flying stage is making its first ever appearance in the race.