Makhila Ainciart Bergara

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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 5 142 reviews

  • Sandrine Tci

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Sandrine Tci on 09/09/2020

    An institution for 200 years 🤩

  • R Garcia

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by R Garcia on 11/09/2020

    A visit in the middle of August with very strong tourist pressure! I advise people wishing to order to go out of season ... However, one word: EXCEPTIONAL. A quality know-how, welcoming and smiling craftsmen as it paraded through the workshop. Still 14 months before receiving my medlar companion!

  • Philippe Mottier

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Philippe Mottier on 01/09/2020

    Exceptional to meet people passionate about their art Their desire to transmit, their emotions, make you want to come back to discover these Makilas

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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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