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

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
  • Sunday Closed

Opens Monday at 09:00 am

Useful information

Location : In town

Province : Labourd

Services

  • Open all year round
  • English
    • Visit the oldest makhila - traditional walking stick - manufacturing 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, 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 working, observe their dexterity in the punching, exchange with them on the makhila and count the stems of loquat being dried on the upper part of the piece.

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

      The Meilleur Ouvrier de France diploma 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 according to the seasons and the news.

      The visit is free and free for individuals.

      If you are a school, an association, a travel agency or a tourism actor and you wish to visit the workshop with a group of more than 15 people, do not hesitate to contact us to reserve a time slot. on 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 Fronton, on the main road that crosses the village.

      HOURS OF OPERATION:

      The workshop is open from Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., on 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 5 284 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.

  • Franck LeStephanois

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Franck LeStephanois on 13/01/2024

    As Jacques Chirac said in Guignols 🤪🤪 Fu****n two years!!! It's long but it's worth it. But a little less and I have just received My Makhila ordered in August 2022 in your workshop. What a pleasure to see this magnificent object and the wonderful work done on My cane. It’s in my name!! Thank you for keeping this know-how and perpetuating it!!! The motto engraved in Basque pays tribute to the true heroes who died for France. Beware of anyone who comes to trouble me!!! 😉😉 Thank you very much, I hope to enjoy it for as long as possible!

  • Val Titi

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Val Titi on 20/09/2023

    This place is an arts and crafts workshop. Incredible know-how, for generations.. the video explains your work really well thank you, a great discovery.. thank you for the additional explanations, one day I will treat myself to a makila...

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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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