Biscarrosse’s History

Throughout the world, history has left traces of its important moments.  Sometimes it has marked certain places which tourists can still discover today.  La Rive de Biscarrosse Campsite invites you to enjoy wonderful leisure and relaxation moments in an interesting historic region of France.

The important events of Biscarrosse history

Biscarrosse has long been a silvicultural area, thanks to the cultivation of pine trees which make up the Landes forest.  However, the most exciting pages of its history derive from the rise of aeronautics.  After the First World War, in 1930, Pierre-Georges Latécoère set up an assembly and test site for seaplanes, known as “liners of the air”.   This occurred during a very sensitive period when an Atlantic crossing in an ordinary plane was very risky.  This iconic figure of French civil aviation decided to build planes that could float on water in order to take off and to land.  He chose Biscarrosse because of its bodies of water that were so important and suitable for his project.

He established an aerial base which meant that the pools of Biscarrosse and Parentis witnessed the flight of the largest seaplanes, destined for transatlantic postal deliveries.  At the controls of the planes were famous pilots such as Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Henri Guillaume and Jean Mermoz.

A little later, the assets of Pierre-Georges Latécoère were liquidated due to some financial problems.  His Aerpostale airline led to the transport of passengers, with Air France.  Thus hundreds of commercial seaplanes fly over these waters before this type of transport ceased.

If there are places that plunge you into this emotional universe during your holidays, the Sea-Plane Museum in Biscarrosse near La Rive Campsite will head your list.

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