A Rapa (Cutting of the Manes)

This festivity has been declared of international tourism interest

The Rapa begins by recalling the ancestral bond between the horse and the divine. At early morning mass, worshippers beseech the protection of Saint Laurence for the animals and people who are about to take part in the fiesta.

Then they hike up the hill in search of wild horses. Both locals and visitors help each other in groups to round up the herds. Finally, on the Saturday, they drive the horses into a large arena in the village. The most spectacular part of the fiesta is the Curro, when the aloitadores (wrestlers) employ all their strength and technique to immobilise the horses and cut their manes.

A campsite is set up for the event, together with a surprisingly varied array of evening entertainment.

“O ciclo todo da festa de Sabucedo, no que a rapa é só un capítulo, podemos velo como un relato, unha representación, na que contan á par os seres humanos e os seres máis portentosos do monte, os fillos do vento”

Manolo Rivas


The relationship between the people who inhabit these lands and the wild horses roaming the nearby hillsides has existed since pre-history. Petroglyphs (rock-etchings) dating from the 18th to 8th centuries B.C. found in the forestlands where the horses of Sabucedo run wild include etchings depicting horses, many with horsemen attempting to dominate the animal.

Archaeological prospection

One could say that while Rome has two mythological father figures: brothers Romulus and Remus, Sabucedo’s Rapa das Bestas has two legendary mother figures, whose place in history is preserved, apart from through traditional story-telling, thanks to an archaeological finding which revealed the remains of what was their home – the “Casa das Vellas”, a site well worth a visit by all staunch lovers of our traditions.

Chan da Lagoa

Deer, sets of rings, pseudo-labyrinths, and horse-riding scenes at Chan da Lagoa, in Parada.

Outeiro dos Cogoludos

Horse riders on one of the two petroglyphs at Outeiro dos Cogoludos, in Paredes.

® Rapa das Bestas - 2017