Two beautiful castles, listed as Historic Monuments, are the pride of the town of Mauléon-Licharre: the imposing medieval castle fort of Mauléon, perched on a hillside and dating from the 12th century, with its walkway offering a magnificent view over the Saison Valley and the Pyrenees; and Andurain Castle in Maytie, in the Renaissance style, with mullioned windows and sculpted dormers. The latter, built by Arnaud de Maytie in the early 17th century, boasts splendid carved fireplaces and a library containing books from the 16th and 17th centuries.
As the espadrille capital, Mauléon-Licharre honours the famous rope-soled canvas shoe every year at the espadrille festival which is held there on 15 August!
Mauléon-Licharre is a city surrounded by hills. It is capital of the Soule, province of the Basque Country in the department of Pyrénées-Atlantiques.
Its origins go back to medieval times, its birth is directly linked to the fortress considered impregnable hence the name "Lion Redoutable" (Mau / léon). As for Licharre, the word means in the Basque language "ash" thus recalling the presence of forests of ash trees.
Licharre was the seat of the jurisdiction of Soule since the Middle Ages, "Lo noguer de Litxarre". The fusion between Mauléon and Licharre took place in 1841. Today, a rich and varied architectural heritage is being rediscovered, witnessing a prestigious past.
Since then, Mauléon has lived through evolutions over the centuries. The city developed considerably in the 19th century thanks to the establishment of the espadrille industry.
At that time, beautiful houses were built around the vast square of the Alleys as well as in the street Victor Hugo. Its population was enriched and diversified thanks to the arrival of Navarrese and Aragonese, then the Portuguese in the late 1960s, arrived to work.
This industry had its apogee in the early 20th century, and today still Mauléon is considered the capital of the espadrille. A feast is dedicated to him on August 15th.
Nowadays, it is still a very dynamic town, which has diversified its industrial fabric. The cultural activities are developed cinema, theater (festival) concerts, exhibitions...
There are all kinds of sports activities (rugby is considered the discipline queen) and the hunting of the dove. You can enjoy it during its "superb festivals" so famous in the Basque Country that take place in July.
The weekly market is held on the site of the Upper Town on Tuesday morning and the place of Aisles on Saturday morning.
Carnival Mauléon in March, the theater festival in May Stage in May and other exposures to the Heritage House are festive events essential to the community.
Mauléon celebrations around July 14.
The Feast of the sneaker on August 15 instead of Aisles: a manufacturing sneakers can see all the steps of making a sneaker from the sole of rope.
In summer, many events are organized as the night market, a visit to the castle of Andurain candles, hand pelota-naked-or joko garbi on the pediments of the Upper Town or Driveways, without forgetting Tournament cesta punta at Jai-Alai.
Landran Farm Market
- On 25 july 2019
- Quartier Larréguy
- Market plus farm tour
Final Naked Hand, French Summer Championship
- On 11 august 2019
- Fronton municipal - place
- Cadets and National Seniors A
- On 17 august 2019
- Parts of pelota
Basque Cake Workshop
- On 22 august 2019
- 35, bd des Pyrénées, Pâtisserie Goxokia
- Welcome to Goxokia, the workshop of Jean-Pierre, master baker who welcomes you for a course of making Basque cake. It explains all the steps of making a good Basque cake, garnished with scented custard or stuffed with black cherry jam. And he will provide valuable advice. Tasting and sale the outcome of the visit. - Mandatory reservation.
Vernissage, the Heritage With the Twin City Mauléon Deux Sèvres
- On 13 september 2019
- 10 rue Jean-Baptiste Heugas, Maison du patrimoine
- Exhibitions and exchanges with the insertion of the photo work of the Collège Saint François