Halfway between Almeria and Murcia, Huércal-Overa will experience the magic of La Vuelta for the first time. It will do so guarded by the Castle's Nasrid watchtower, a symbol, emblem and a source of great pride for this Almeria locality for over 600 years. Its condition as a habitual transit area that links the peninsula's South-East with the inland areas means that it has seen thousands of travellers from various cultures pass through all throughout its long history.
San Javier is known as the headquarters of the General Air Force Academy, where Spanish army pilots are trained. In 2018, however, the riders will arrive by land, not by air, to the streets of this Murcian municipality that will host a stage arrival for the Spanish tour for the first time.