Makhila Ainciart Bergara

Opening hours

Closed

  • 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 02:00 pm - 05:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed

Opens at 02:00 pm

Useful information

Location : In town

Province : Labourd

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

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

      In the main room, which is 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 photo gallery of artists, politicians or sportsmen who 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 requires - and many more, including all the presidents of the Fifth Republic.

      El diploma de Meilleur Ouvrier de France obtenido en 1936 por Jean Bergara también cuelga en la pared. Así como la etiqueta EPV obtenida en 2011.

      Las mini-exposiciones se realizan regularmente en el granero frente al taller. Los temas varían según las estaciones y los acontecimientos actuales.

      La visita es gratuita y libre para los individuos.

      Si eres una escuela, una asociación, una agencia de viajes o un actor de turismo y deseas visitar el taller con un grupo de más de 15 personas, no dudes en contactarnos para reservar una franja horaria al 05 59 93 03 05. La visita cuesta 2 euros por persona (excepto el acompañante y el conductor) y dura alrededor de una hora.

      El taller se encuentra en el pueblo de Larressore, a 15 minutos de Bayonne o Biarritz, y a 3 minutos de Espelette. Se abre en la plaza del frontón, en la carretera principal que cruza el pueblo.

      HORARIO DE APERTURA :

      El taller está abierto de lunes a viernes de 9 a 12 y de 14 a 18, los sábados todo el año de 9 a 12 y de abril a diciembre de 14 a 17.

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Traveller Reviews

4.7 sur 5 153 reviews

  • Charles Romero

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Charles Romero on 17/02/2021

    An ancestral cultural heritage so well defended by Charles Bergara and his family. Two hours of pleasure hearing him share his anecdotes not only about his passion for his work but for his fantastic experiences around the globe. 94 years old and still valiant. What a lesson!

  • François Cadeac

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by François Cadeac on 30/01/2021

    Small family craft business which has elevated a traditional production to the rank of art crafts. The family tradition continues, keeping control of the techniques of the past and opening up to other practices. The welcome is warm, we perceive passion, however there is a smell of mystery well anchored in Basque tradition.

  • Hervé Rasseneur

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Hervé Rasseneur on 04/11/2020

    First a short film then a tour of the workshop. The patriarch tells you his story, the people he met or for whom he made a Makhila (3 popes). Many photos with all the celebrities. Very nice visit.

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Address

Inthalatzia Ouest
Fronton
64480 Larressore

GPS coordinates

43° 22'5.64"N, 1° 26'24.32"W

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