(Larresoro) is found in the Labourd, one of the seven
Basque provinces, grouped at the western end of the
Pyrenees mountains. The village forms a triangle with
the other villages of Ustaritz, Cambo-Les-Bains and
Espelette and is only 15 kms from Bayonne, 18 kms from
Biarritz and 30 kms from St Jean-de-Luz.
census counted 1349 inhabitants.
Larressore was a stopover on the pilgrim trails to
Santiago de Compostella. The pilgrims followed the Nive
river upstream as far as Portuita or to the house
"Ospitalea", and then crossed the village before taking
the road to the monastery of Urdax in the Navarre. The
nearby village of Ainhoa was also an important halt.
perhaps in this historical and geographical context that
one can look for the origins of the makhila Ainciart-Bergara. Perched high,
overlooking the Nive river valley, Larressore has many
beautiful and varied houses in the old Basque style, and
is surrounded by fields and open pasture. The little
stream Latsa trickles through the village and joins the
Nive near the entrance of Ustaritz.
here in 1733 that the abbey Daguerre founded, with the
help of village families, a small seminary where several
generations of intellectuals were educated. Today, an
association formed to protect the seminary is trying to
save the site from abandon.
association association "Aldaya" has recently published
a history of the village from its origins to the
beginning of the 20th century ("Larresoro, regards sur
association "Inthalatz", founded in 1944, is one of the
most famous among the pelota hand-ball players. The main
"fronton" of the village comprises two facing walls
which enables the "rebot" pelota to be played. This
ancient form of the game is played on Sunday mornings in
Summer using an interesting combination of both the
small chistera (rounded wickerwork basket glove) as well
as leather glove.
village festival takes place at the beginning of
September and lasts four days.
local traditional family craftsman -the pelota
"chistera" makers : Jean-Louis Gonzales and his son
Pierre, a "grand chistera" or "cesta punta" player.
Jean-Louis and Pierre GONZALES
6 allées des Liserons
tel: 33 (0)5 59 03 85 04
Charles Bergara and Jean-Louis Gonzales at Anglet.