Area & Events

Bize’s famous River – La Cesse



Just a 50 metre walk and you are at the popular crystal clear waters of Bize's river beach. In the summer months there is a great atmosphere with people sunbathing, swimming, and sat at the bar. There is a crepe van, ice creams available at Cafe du Midi and parents can relax as there is also a life guard on site. There are beautiful walks from Bize that follow the river taking you to magical parts of the Cesse including weirs, waterfalls and rock pools. Further up the river just a few minutes drive away towards Agel there’s a fountain in the village that pumps out pure mineral water fresh from the hills.

L’Oulibo de Bize-Minervois


Within walking distance you can find the award winning and world famous olive co-operative with outstanding olive type products of all kinds.

The Canal du Midi



Just a 10 minute drive away is the famous Canal du Midi which was created as a trade route from the Mediterranean coast to the Atlantic. People flock here all year round for cycling, walking and short cruises along this historic waterway.

Various villages to explore



Minerve, Ginestas, Saint Marcel, Pouzols-Minervois, Ouveillan, Quarante, Aigne, and Poilhes, Paraza, and Le Somail on the Canal, and many many more.

Various Cities



Carcassonne, Narbonne, Beziers, Montpellier, Perpignan, Toulouse, Nimes and further afield you can drive over the Spanish border in just over an hour and a half to visit the seaside towns of Roses and Cadaques or staying inland Figueres, Girona and a bit further Barcelona.

History



There are many abbeys and castles to visit, this area is steeped in the history of the Cathars and Knights Templars.

Wine Tasting



Languedoc is the world's largest wine-producing region, therefore your opportunities for wine tasting are boundless. There are hundreds of wine domaines offering wine-tastings. They are a great way to get a flavour of the wines now being produced in Languedoc and sample the differences between appellations.

Markets



There are many interesting and colourful markets in the surrounding villages and towns; Bize-Minervois also has its own small market once a week.


  • Bize: a small market every Wednesday

  • Olonzac: a large market every Tuesday

  • Narbonne: a large market on Thursdays and Sundays. We can recommend going to the indoor market, Les Halles, for a Sunday lunchtime ‘apero’ at one of the bars, sampling the tapas and seafood whilst having a locally produced tipple

  • Lezignan: a large market every Wednesday

  • St Chinian: a bustling town with markets on Thursdays and Sundays

  • St Pons: also has weekly markets on Wednesdays and Sundays

Restaurants



There is a vast choice of places to eat out in our village and nearby. There are two Michelin Star restaurants in Beziers - L’Ambassade and L’Octopus, and a Michelin Star restaurant in Narbonne – La Table St Crescent.

Below are a list of a few of the restaurants close by and in Bize; there are many more and it’s great fun exploring and finding them!

  • Le Café de la Promenade at Bize - overlooking the promenade and river serving drinks, ice cream and delicious bar food

  • L'Appaloosa at Bize – a personal venue with very friendly staff serving a mixture of French food and Asiatic dishes

  • La Grange at Bize - often hosting live music nights and have a delicious selection of food and wines. A stunning interior and exterior. Outside there is a quirky cocktail ‘beach’ bar with sand and a large fish pond

  • Café du Midi at Bize - offering special nights from Salsa dancing to Karaoke. This is a great place to sit and soak up the sun sipping a nice local wine. We can also recommend their lunch time ‘cagettes’ - a little feast and very reasonably priced

  • Auberge de la Selette at Bize – a culinary delight and can get quite busy so you must book if you don’t want to be disappointed

  • L’Olivier La Bastide Cabezac – again good quality food and wines

  • Auberge de la Croisade near Cruzy – serving fine French food sat overlooking the Canal du Midi

  • Café du Port at Paraza at Paraza – this place is a real suntrap edged on the Canal du Midi serving beautifully presented fine local food and wines

  • La Tour Sarrasine at Poilhes – one of our favourites with fine food, sat overlooking a stunning part of the Canal du Midi

  • Relais Chantovent at Minerve - serving fine food in the beautiful village of Minerve. Try to book a seat on the terrace overhanging the gorge cliff




Beaches



There are many beaches along the coast and the nearest ones to us are around 35 minutes away.

  • Gruissian Plage a very beautiful large beach, where you will find an area with wooden houses on stilts used as a filming location for Betty Blue

  • La Franqui Plage again is a very pretty beach and less touristy

  • Narbonne Plage a very large clean beach with some lovely restaurants and bars to choose from

  • Valras Plage with its large, clean beach, can be combined with sightseeing and shopping in Beziers. Valras also has good shopping and lots of restaurants

  • Bages and Peryiac-de-Mer where you can often see flamingos

  • A little further afield, in the east, you have Serignan Plage and Marseillan Plage – a 2km long stretch of beach that links with the busy pretty port and town of Sete; and in the south, Sigean with its animal park; the city of Perpignan and its nearby beaches of Canet Plage, Torreilles Plage, Leucae and Argeles-sur-Mer; the picturesque town of Collioure, a 'not to be missed trip' renowned for its anchovies and the popularity with the Fauve artists; and the village of Banuls-sur-Mer, which produces the delicious dessert wine of the same name

Lakes and Etangs



There are many lakes and Etangs (salt water lagoons) in this area such as the swimming and leisure lakes at Lac de Jouarre at Homps, Lac de Salagou, and the Etang de Bages with its wind surfing base at La Nautique. Slightly further afield there’s the fishing industry on the Etang de Thau with its massive oyster beds and various villages and towns with great seafood restaurants such as Bouzigues, Meze, Marseillan, and Sete with more beaches there too.

Ski Resorts, Spas and Thermal Waters



The nearest ski resorts are Font Romeu accessed via the Perpignan route and Ax-les-Thermes via the Carcassonne-Limoux route. They are both appromimately two and a half hours drive away, through the breathtaking landscape of the Pyrenees. There are thermal waters, hot springs and spas in many towns and villages in this area, including Ax-les-Thermes, Rennes-les-Bains, Les Bains de Saint Thomas, Les Bains de Dorres, and Ameilie-les-Bains to mention a few.

Sports & Hobbies



Cycling, Mountain Biking, Paragliding, Golfing, Walking, Cruising along the Canal du Midi, Swimming in lakes and rivers, Horse Riding, Canoeing, Fishing, Bird Watching, Photography, Painting, Cookery and Shopping.

EVENTS


Bize Minervois

Bize Minervois – ‘Fête d l’olivier’
Bize Minervois olive festival during the 2 week period around 14 July (Bastille Day), where villagers and vignerons set up stalls selling local delicacies and wines, various merchandise including jewellery, clothing, and toiletries.  There is also two nights of very impressive fire work displays including live music and dancing on the promenade

(photo courtesy of Bize Sport X-Treme)

Bize – Sport X-Treme
At the end of July – a fantastic family event with motorbike and cycle stunts, a live DJ, and various stalls selling food, beer and local wines. A great atmosphere and you can hardly believe you are in little sleepy village!

Bize – Domaine Saint Michel Archange Live Music Evenings
Through July and August on Fridays/Saturdays, live music with a meal and wine produced by the Domaine included

Live music
In and around the area in various restaurants and bars

Various village fêtes
Each village has a fete celebrating their local delicacies and traditions, these are usually held during the summer months

The Carcassonne summer festival
One of the major cultural events in the south of France with nearly 100 shows on offer covering a range of genres and tastes and    more than 70 of these shows are free!

Bastille Day fireworks
In Bize, Carcassonne, Gruissan and various other villages

The Christmas markets
In Bize, Narbonne and Carcassonne

Montpellier
Capital of the Languedoc Roussillon, has a fine tradition of artistic, cultural and sporting events throughout the year celebrating its status as a thriving and thoroughly modern metropole

Various vide greniers
Translation: empty attic, basically a car boot sale and a great French Sunday pastime!