Makhila Ainciart Bergara Artisans, Craftsmen (Visits and Workshops) in Larressore

Opening hours

Open

  • Monday 09:00 am - 12:00 am 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Tuesday 09:00 am - 12:00 am 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Wednesday 09:00 am - 12:00 am 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Thursday 09:00 am - 12:00 am 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Friday 09:00 am - 12:00 am 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Saturday 09:00 am - 12:00 am
  • Sunday Closed

Closes at 06:00 pm

Useful information

Location : In town

Province : Labourd

Services

  • Open all year round
  • English
    • Visit the oldest makhila manufacturing workshop - traditional walking stick - in the Basque Country, in the small village of Larressore.

      Three workbenches dating back several centuries are attached to the windows of the workshop. The craftsmen work there with wood, leather and metal. In the room on the left is the ornamental engraving workshop, installed in the old grocery store which adjoined the workshop. Tools of all types are at hand: punches, hammers, needles, files, etc. The makhila is entirely made on site. You will be able to see the craftsmen at work , observe their dexterity in punching, discuss makhila with them and count the medlar stems drying on the upper part of the piece.

      In the main room, which is around ten square meters, you can discover the different models of makhilas, observe very old makhilas which belong to the family collection or even examine a gallery of photos of artists , politicians or sportsmen who have received a makhila made by the Ainciart Bergara workshop: Léon Zitrone, Chirac, General de Gaulle, Pope John Paul II, Nelson Mandela, Churchill, Platini, Cantona, Lizarazu - Basque origin oblige - and many others, including all the presidents of the Fifth Republic.

      The diploma of Meilleur Ouvrier de France obtained in 1936 by Jean Bergara also hangs on the wall. As well as the EPV label obtained in 2011.

      Mini-exhibitions are organized regularly in the barn opposite the workshop. The themes vary depending on the seasons and current events.

      The visit is free and open to individuals.

      If you are a school, an association, a travel agency or a tourism player and you would like to visit the workshop with a group of more than 15 people, do not hesitate to contact us to reserve a time slot at 05 59 93 03 05. The visit costs €2 per person (except accompanying person and driver) and lasts approximately 1 hour.

      The workshop is located in the village of Larressore, 15 minutes from Bayonne or Biarritz, and 3 minutes from Espelette. It opens onto the Place du Pediment, on the main road which crosses the village.

      Hours of operation :

      The workshop is open Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday all year round from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from April to December from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Traveller Reviews Makhila Ainciart Bergara

4.8 sur 5 292 reviews

  • Jim Robertson

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Jim Robertson on 16/10/2022

    Hand manufactured walking sticks. Made the same way for 5 generations.

  • Marc Vergnault

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Marc Vergnault on 12/05/2024

    Manufacturer of the famous Basque Country walking stick "the MAKILA", you have the opportunity to see deer master craftsmen in the making of the MAKILA, visit the workshop and store Friday May 10 and received by kind people, thank you to them, headed to go see the small museum, and a beautiful video which shows you the making of the MAKILA, if you have the opportunity to go to Laressore go visit them you will not be disappointed, friendly Marc.

  • Francois CINTRAT

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Francois CINTRAT on 09/05/2024

    Once again great visit 5 times and still so well received one day I will treat myself to such a work well done to all

Traveller Reviews Makhila Ainciart Bergara

4.5 sur 5 59 reviews

  • "Really worth a visit"

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by RosB__11 (Alberton, South Africa) on 24/08/2015

    I loved our visit to this Makhila producing family. The skill and love with which each walking stick is crafted was mind boggling, so much so I ordered one for shipping back to South Africa. A true...

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  • "Wonderful place for enthusiasts of ancestral professions…"

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by Nikkolashp (Hendaye, France) on 25/08/2023

    Wonderful place, I entrusted my makhila to be repaired, the work done is fabulous, very neat, the workshop is welcoming and all the people are eager to share their know-how!

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  • "J'ai appris sur le Makhila en peu de temps"

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by Jean-pierre B (Rennes, France) on 05/07/2023

    Accueil très aimable. Explication sur le Makhila et sa fabrication détaillée. Vidéo pour suivre la fabrication, puis détail dans la boutique.

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Makhila Ainciart Bergara

Address

Inthalatzia Ouest
Fronton
64480 Larressore

GPS coordinates

43° 22'5.64"N, 1° 26'24.32"W

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