Mijas will fire the starting gun of stage number 1500 in the history of La Vuelta. The Malaga locality, known for its “donkey taxis”, is the perfect example of Malaga's characteristic contrast between the sea and the mountains. This will be the second time that Mijas hosts a La Vuelta stage departure. In 2015, Peter Sagan won a stage that ended with a sprint to the finish-line between Mijas and the Malaga capital.
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.