Linares has been waiting for La Vuelta's return for 25 years. The 2018 edition returns to the Jaén locality that, despite being born in a mining area, knew how to grow sustainably around its extensive historical, natural and sporting patrimony. The extinct, yet unforgettable, Linares International Chess Tournament hosted some of history's greatest chess players year after year.
A twin city of Linares due to their shared mining origins, this municipality of Ciudad Real has been able reinvent itself and convert its heritage into a historical asset: the Heritage of Mercury features on the UNESCO World Heritage listing. These mines represent the maximum examples of mercury deposits in the world, and also constitute the most important collection of mercury extraction technology in existence