Tourist Interest
On the Way of St. James
Dates of celebration: 02/07 - 05/07


Parish: Sabucedo (San Lourenzo)

Place: Sabucedo

36360  A Estrada - Pontevedra

42º 35' 36.0" N - 8º 24' 52.9" W


Of all the "curros" or "rapas das bestas" (wild horse mane-cutting festivals) that take place in Galicia each summer, Sabucedo is noteworthy for having preserved the purity of its traditions. It is the only "curro" in which the "aloitadores" face the horses on their own, without ropes or sticks, holding them still while their manes are cut. Each year, young people from the parish take part in an ancient tradition they are born into, a way of understanding life in communion with the wild horses. They learn the code from an early age, based on the actions and collaboration of three "aloitadores", enabling them to undertake the noble and hazardous struggle with the animals and overcome their resistance.
In Sabucedo, the mane cutting always took place in a stone enclosure ("curro") in the centre of town. Several years ago, it was moved to a new masonry "curro", where it is followed by a large crowd. The fame of the Rapa de Sabucedo, an ancient tradition with a strong ritual element, has attracted the attention of anthropologists and scholars from around the world. The festival is held under the protection of St. Lawrence – some of the wild horses belong to the saint, in other words, to the parish, and it is these horses whose manes are cut at the festival – to whom the town commends itself at the dawn mass on Saturday. Locals and visitors then go out into the woodland areas, with provisions to keep up their strength, to look for the horses and lead them to the "curro". This is truly a unique tourist and ethnographic experience.

Saturday expedition to the woodland with parish residents to gather the horses.

The Ways of St. James

The Winter Camino
Vía de la Plata

Further features

Rapa das Bestas (wild horses
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