It has been over 10 years since La Vuelta last visited Puerto Lumbreras. The last time was in 2007, with a stage departure that headed towards Villacarrillo. The Murcian municipality that has prospered around its caves and underground waters is protected by the Nogalte Castle, built during the 13th century which, from its privileged position, has seen the city grow into what it is today.
With part of its geography perched on the Cazorla Mountain Range, the Jaén locality of Pozo Alcón is a perfect example of the classic Andalusian provincial landscape: hardworking farmers, good weather and vast olive tree fields that make up the area's characteristic look and smell. The Province of Jaén will, once again, welcome La Vuelta in 2018 after the great day of cycling experienced in the last edition, where Rafal Majka was victorious in the very tough La Pandera Mountain Range.