The famous Spanish bicycle race “La Vuelta” starts on Saturday the 25th of August from Málaga. The race starts from the Pompidou Museum at the Muelle Uno promenade at 17.30h, and is an 8 kilometre individual time trial. It then passes by the seafront, the Alcazaba and the town hall on the Paseo del Parque ending at the pedestrian street “Calle Larios” with the finishing line at the Plaza de la Constitución. The first riders will arrive after 10 minutes to the finish line and the race is expected to finish around 20:30h.
We recommend that you take the local train to Málaga this day or park at the Larios shopping centre, and then walk to the city centre to avoid problems with closed streets due to the race.
The 2nd stage of “La Vuelta 18” starts from Marbella on Sunday the 26th of August. The start takes place at 13:35h from the main street of Marbella at Plaza Monseñor Rodrigo Bocanegra, also called “Pirulí” among the locals. From there, the route goes by “Camilo José Cela”, the “Skol” building and further along the seafront promenade to then take the street “Huerta de Cristales y Serenata” to reach the road towards Ojén.
Two hours before the start you will find merchandising stands and fan zones open and you´ll have the opportunity to get close to the riders, enjoy the build-up and atmosphere and maybe get some “freebies” too!
From “Puerto de Ojén” the race continues through the Sierra Blanca Mountains, a long and steep route, passing Coin, then Alozaina, and all the winding roads to Zalea. From Zalea it goes to Pizarra, Álora and El Chorro. The riders are expected to reach El Chorro around 15.30h. After El Chorro the races heads towards Alto de Guadalhorce, continues around the lakes and once more passes Pizarra and Álora before reaching the finish line at the welcome centre of the Caminito del Rey at around 17.28h. The route itself is 163.5 km.
The 3rd stage in “La Vuelta 18” starts in Las Lagunas de Mijas (calle La Noria) on Monday the 27th of August at 13.00h. This stage is 178.2 km long and ends in Alhaurin de la Torre. The route starts in Mijas Costa and goes along the coastal road (N-340) towards Marbella and to San Pedro de Alcántara. In San Pedro de Alcántara, the trip goes up the mountain road towards Ronda town. From Ronda continues towards El Burgo, Yunquera, Alozaina, Coin and Mijas village. Riders are expected to pass by Mijas Village around 16:50h. From there the race goes towards the Benalmádena village, Arroyo de la Miel, Torremolinos and reaching the finishing line in Alhaurin de la Torre at Avenida de Málaga around 17:26h.
The 4th stage in “La Vuelta 18” starts east of Málaga on Tuesday the 28th of August at 13h. The starting point is from Veléz-Málaga, at Avenida de las Naciones, and the race goes towards Algarrobo Costa, and along the coast line passing by the towns of Lago, Torrox Playa, Nerja and Almuñecar. The riders are estimated to pass by Nerja at 13:50h, and Almuñecar at 14:40h. From Almueñcar the riders go inland to Jete, Jayena, Agrón, Santa Fe and to Granada city where arrival is expected around 17:00h. From Granada the race heads for the finish line at Alfacar in the mountains. This stage is 161.4 km long and ends around 17:45h.
“La Vuelta 18” bike race continues until the 16th of September where it finishes in Madrid.