Practical Guide

Information and practical tips to ensure a better and more enjoyable visit to the Rapa das Bestas de Sabucedo

How to get there

San Lourenzo de Sabucedo (GPS 42.58826 N // 8.41475 W) is a Galician parish located in the southeastern corner of A Estrada municipality in the province of Pontevedra. It belongs to the district of Tabeirós – Terra de Montes and is bordered by the parishes of Liripio (San Xoan), Codeseda (San Xurxo ) and the municipality of Cerdedo.

By car

The parish of Sabucedo is 37 km from Pontevedra (towards Cerdedo) and 42 km from Santiago de Compostela (towards A Estrada). GPS Position 42.58782, -8.41533

There are fuel stations near Sabucedo in:
– A Estrada
– Cerdedo
– Soutelo de Montes

By plane

If you choose to fly, Galicia has 3 airports:

  • Lavacolla in Santiago de Compostela, 49 km from Sabucedo;
  • Peinador in Vigo, 73 km from Sabucedo;
  • Alvedro in A Coruña, which is 110 km away from Sabucedo.

Further information about the companies that operate routes to each airport is available from the AENA Spanish Airports and Air Navigation website.

By train

The nearest train stations are Santiago de Compostela and Pontevedra. For any queries you may have, call Customer Service on 902 320 320 available 24/7.

By bus

La Estradense bus company covers the route between A Estrada and the cities of Santiago de Compostela, Vigo and Pontevedra, as well as other local towns such as Lalín, Cuntis or Caldas de Reis. Further information about routes and schedules is available from the following link: LINK

Car parking

Driving in the village

The days the Fiesta is being held, a special scheme is set up to keep traffic through the village under control, which basically means the road to the village is closed from 17h00 on the Friday of the Rapa.
bearing in mind the massive influx of visitors coming to Sabucedo throughout the first weekend of July.

The intention is to preserve the safety of holidaymakers visiting the Sabucedo fiesta and to cater for the thousands of people who come to the village that weekend, as well as the presence of horses crossing Sabucedo when they come down from the hills or when they are led to the Curro.

Accreditations

Only authorised vehicles with proper accreditation (available to residents and tradesmen on business) are allowed to drive through Sabucedo the days of the Fiesta.

Car Parks

People coming to the Fiesta by car should make use of the free vehicle parking area that the Rapa das Bestas Association sets up at the junction with the old road. Some private estates also offer car parking for a fee.

Free car parking

The Rapa das Bestas de Sabucedo Association provides several free car parking areas for all those who wish to use them.

Where to eat

Octopus stands

Several outlets and stalls selling local fare such as boiled octopus, charbroiled ribs or stewed veal, washed down by hearty local wine, can be found next to both the festival field and the Curro.

Family meals and picnics in the Carballeira oak grove

An especially strong tradition is for friends and relatives to gather and come to Sabucedo to see the Rapa and enjoy the fun, musical performances and to make use of the stone tables in the Oak Grove in Campo del Medio.

Where to Sleep

Camping

The Rapa das Bestas Association sets up free camp sites next to both the festival field and the Curro in a beautiful setting of one hundred-year-old oak trees.

Public showers and toilets are available at the Curro.

Respect for the environment

It is mandatory to leave all rubbish in bags at the designated points. Please help us to keep the oak grove clean.

Remember that it is forbidden to light fires in the camp site area.

Equestrian lodge

The equestrian lodge building in Sabucedo was an old country school that has now been rehabilitated for tourism. It was opened in 2002 and is located in the Campo do Medio Oak Grove.

Types of rooms:

  • Rooms sleeping 2 people
  • Rooms sleeping 4 people
  • Rooms sleeping 6 people
  • Rooms sleeping 11 people

All rooms have sheets, blankets and towels, as well as heating.
Other amenities:

  • A public lounge with an open fireplace and table games, TV, etc.
  • A kitchen
  • A large coffee shop and dining room
  • Shower area and toilets.
  • There are riding stables in the Carballeira del Curro offering individual stables, with a store, barn and vet services.

Reservations

To book a reservation, please call 986 570 997 or 609 886 291 or use the following e-mail address: sabucedo@aestrada.es

Rural tourism

There is a wide range of rural tourism and guest houses near Sabucedo – check out prices and make your reservation at www.mardecompostela.aestrada.com

Albergue Hípico

Practical tips

Going up into the hills
  • In the hills, follow the indications given by the people of Sabucedo leading your group.
  • Take water to keep yourself hydrated and a sandwich or fruit to get through the day.
  • In O Peón (where the herds are gathered on the hillside), you will find a couple of stalls that set up for the day selling drinks and snacks.
  • Wear jeans or trousers with special resistant fabric to prevent being scratched by gorse, and trekking boots
  • Put on plenty of sunscreen, especially on days of intense heat
  • In the event of rain, don’t forget a raincoat and spare socks
  • Check the weather forecasts to make sure you are properly prepared
  • Respect the environment and do not litter the countryside
Curro

Tickets: To be able to attend the Curro, you need to buy a ticket. You can buy them online or in person (in which case we recommend you go to the Curro ticket office one or two hours before the spectacle starts)

Schedule and duration: The Curro lasts approximately two hours:

  • Saturday: 07h00 – 09h00
  • Sunday: 12h00 – 14h00
  • Monday: 12h00 – 14h00

Press Accreditation: Remember that if you are a professional photographer and want to take pictures or film the Curro arena, you must apply for a press accreditation. You can do so from the following LINK

Disabled persons access: The Curro is fitted with a ramp to allow access for people with reduced mobility

Camping
  • Designated areas: All those who intend to camp out are requested to use the areas specifically designated for that purpose
  • Showers and bathrooms: Showers are open in the Curro during the days of the Fiesta
  • Remember that it is forbidden to light fires
  • Rubbish: Please store your rubbish in bags and leave it at the designated places.
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