The Gran Prix de las Carrilanas de Esteiro (A Coruña), one of the great events on the Galician festive calendar, has been declared today a Festival of National Tourist Interest after the resolution signed by the Secretary of State for Tourism, Fernando Valdés.
"The Galician‘ crazy cars ’currently represent a fully consolidated festival whose cultural value, meaning and scope as a tourist attraction, together with its originality, make it worthy of this recognition," said the Secretary of State.
Festival of Tourist Interest in Galicia since 2000, the Carrilanas de Esteiro have their origin in 1988, at the initiative of a group of residents of the town who sought to restore its splendor to the patron saint festivities of the parish, the festivities of Santa Mariña , which could not compete economically with the festivities of neighboring towns linked to the Virgen del Carmen, patron saint of sailors, and which are also celebrated in mid-July.
A post-war toy
To distinguish themselves from the typical religious celebrations, they decided to create an event that would awaken the interest of the neighbors and at the same time be a sign of the cultural identity of the town. Thus arose the idea of making a carrilana race, a characteristic wooden toy car in the post-war era.
The carrilana is a 3 or 4-wheeled vehicle, with wooden axles, wheels and chassis, without bearings and without an engine or propulsion system.
In the Esteiro Grand Prix, participants descend a circuit of approximately 3 km in length, the “O Maio” slope, reaching speeds of up to 90 km / h the fastest.
If in the 90s of the last century, it was already a reference festival in the region, the Carrilanas de Esteiro currently congregate more than 30,000 people.
For this reason, the city council of Muros requested on December 30, 2020 to the Secretary of State for Tourism its declaration as a Festival of National Tourist Interest, which has been resolved favorably after accrediting the requirements established for that purpose in Order ITC851 / 2019, July 25.