The first linear stage of La Vuelta 2018 will allow the riders to appreciate the territory's geographical contrasts. Marbella, the area's touristic epicentre thanks to the large number of blue-flag beaches found along its coastline, its numerous sports stadiums and its privileged climate, will host the stage's departure.
The peloton will leave the sea behind and head towards the mountains that frame the natural area of Caminito del Rey. Its steep slopes that wind between the peaks of the Malaga mountain range crowned Columbian rider, Esteban Chaves, in 2015 who, not only won the stage, but also wore La Roja. It will be the first high-altitude finale for La Vuelta 2018.