The soapbox race is one of the most spectacular of the town’s summer celebrations and is undoubtedly seen as a real competition event. The uniqueness of the Esteiro Soapbox Grand Prix in Muros, celebrated on the third weekend of July, brings together thousands of people, even from abroad.
Participants make an exhilarating descent of almost two miles—reaching speeds of up to 40 mph—down the road of O Maio. What’s really unique is the fact that the vehicles are actually motorless, customised and built by hand, what is known locally as “Feitos na casa” or home-made.
Though originally a children’s game consisting of sliding on a plank from the top of the road, it is now about to celebrate its ninth edition in 2016 and has become a must-see for any visitor.