Ávila retains numerous vestiges of its medieval past, where for centuries Christian, Jewish and Muslim cultures coexisted peacefully. They did so protected by its 12th century ramparts that are the symbol of Avila, and which still today surround a large part of the city. This construction played a key role for this Castilian city’s recognition by UNESCO more than 30 years ago as a World Heritage site.
Toledo, the capital of La Mancha region, not only has a rich historical, cultural and architectural heritage, but also a long sporting history. In 2019, it is hosting another stage finish in La Vuelta, coinciding with the 60th anniversary of the major victories of one of Castilla-la Mancha’s greatest sporting heroes. In 1959, the “Eagle of Toledo”, Federico Martín Bahamontes, became the first Spanish rider to win the Tour de France, a feat that, sixty years on, has been repeated by only six other Spanish cyclists.