With its strong Castilian tradition, the landscape around Arenas de San Pedro coincides with what any visitor might expect of a typical town in the province of Ávila. It is a town with a marked medieval presence, with its maximum exponent being Puente Aquelcabos. This bridge dates from the 14th century, and its stones span the River Arenal, one of the tributaries of the Tiétar. This watercourse will accompany the peloton the whole way through the Sierra de Gredos.
In 2019, La Vuelta is paying its first visit to this beautiful Castilian mountain pass, one of the more popular areas for hikers and people visiting the Sierra de Gredos. This peak rises to a height of 1,700 metres, within a mountain range dominated by Mount Almanzor, at 2,600 metres. It should therefore come as no surprise that Ávila has been home to some of Spain’s finest mountain cyclists, as proven by legendary riders of such stature as Julio Jiménez, José María Jiménez and Carlos Sastre.