Bayonne once more

A few random murals from a street in the old parts of Bayonne:




The red, white and green Basque flag, flying above by the harbour in Hondarribia (Gipuzkoa, Spain) with houses in Hendaia (Lapurdi, France) in the background, is referred to as ikurrina in Basque. It was designed in 1894 by the brothers Luis and Sabino Arana (founder of the Basque nationalist party EAJ-PNV). It came into official use during the Spanish Civil War 1936–1937, but was banned thereafter til 1977. In 1979 it was officially adapted as the flag of the Basque Autonomous Community, but it can also be seen in other parts of the Basque Country, for example in this small mural in Hendaia:

It is also almost compulsory at fronton walls for playing pilota, for example on this one in Zarautz:

Also the flags at the top of this blog is from a fronton wall.

Zarautz 2018

A few new photos from Zarautz, starting with the 2017 SKAPA mural (painted during the neighbourhood festival of Santa Klara, Azken Portu & Aritzbatalde):

This one is from Zelai Azpibidea, replacing the sun-bleached drawing earlier featured in this entry:

And finally just a smiley from the east end of Mendilauta Kalea:

The prisoners once more

presoak, garazi

Two more murals concerning the ETA prisoners. The one above is from Donibane Garazi in Lower Navarre (Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, France), calling for Euskal presoak Euskal Herrira ‘the Basque prisoners to the Basque Country’.

The one below, half-covered with greenery, is from Maule-Lextarre (Mauléon-Licharre) in Zuberoa and (probably) says Euskal presoak etxera ‘the Basque prisoners home’:

presoak, maule

Beret bearers in Bayonne


In Bayonne in the south west of France (or Baiona in the north of the Basque province Lapurdi), this awe-inspiring man looks down from a facade, wearing a traditional Basque beret. The beret is called txapela in Basque and apart from being used in traditional folk costumes, it is also awarded as a trophy in various sports, for example herri kirolak, pilota and cycling. The champion is then called txapeldun ‘the one who has the beret’.


Close by there is a café with these two fishermen txapelduns:


And in the old town, one can find this beagle boy. No beret there, just a cap, but still.

beagle boy

Cultural tunnel

Here are some pictures from a subway in Azpeitia, Gipuzkoa, listing different cultural activities. Arkeologia, artea, dantza, musika and zinema aren’t too difficult to understand, but it could be mentioned that antzerkia means ‘theatre’.



Here are a few murals made and photographed by the artist MuralesLian (earlier featured at this blog with the improvement of the gaztetxea in Zarautz). Many thanks for letting us publish the pictures! We start off with this super hero child:


The text says utz diezaiogun printzesa hauskorrak eta matxito biolentoak hezteari, that is ‘let’s stop raising fragile princesses and small violent male chauvinists’.

Next is this wolf with the text ez ixildu, altxatu eta ohiukatu, meaning ‘don’t be quiet, stand up and scream’:


Here’s another gaztetxea facade (with a small lauburu, Basque cross, next to the stop sign to the right):


A grand mural from Eibar:


One from Beasain:hands1hands2

And finally this beautiful painting:


For more murals made by MuralesLian, please visit the artist at Facebook and WordPress.