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Bize Minervois - a desirable location for property seekers

Bize Minervois is one of the Languedoc's prettiest villages, and high on the list of desirable locations for property seekers. Lying on the River Cesse, the village has a natural river pool which not only adds to its beauty but also provides a delightful place to swim and cool off on long, hot summer days. The village is well supplied with local shops and services, and is within easy reach of Carcassonne and all the attractions of this beautiful and historically fascinating area. The surroundings are redolent of the Mediterranean, with extensive vineyards and olive groves.

Authentic and charming

Bize Minervois is an ancient village, and retains its authenticity and original features despite its popularity with second home owners and holidaymakers. Sights include the 18th century Church of Saint Michel, the old gate to the village and some Palaeolithic caves. The old streets and houses are charming and typical of the area, and the surroundings are exquisite.

Well equipped providing most services

The village has a good range of local shops, with a boulangerie, a boucherie, a pharmacy, general stores, a couple of hairdressers, a beautician, a post office, a tabac/presse and a wine cave. On Wednesday mornings a small market sets up selling local goods and produce. In addition, there is a cinema, a café bar and three restaurants to enjoy. The Olive Festival in July is definitely worth catching!

Soak up the sun on the river pool's pebble beach

One of the best features of the village is the natural river pool on the edge of the village. In peak season, there is even a lifeguard on hand to make sure that everyone is able to enjoy the swimming in safety, and the pebble beach makes a delightful spot for relaxing and soaking up the sun.

Visit vineyards and olive groves

The vineyards and olive groves offer the opportunity to visit and taste and purchase the products, and also make a lovely backdrop to the village. The co operative olive mill of l'Oublio is just two kilometres from Bize, and produces olives and oils that are very highly acclaimed. Walking is a favourite way to take in the views and pick up the very southern ambience of the area around Bize Minervois.

Enjoy the history of the area as well as adventure sports

History buffs and heritage fans will love visiting the various Cathar sites of the region, including the city of Béziers and the fairytale Carcassonne, and also the mysterious Rennes le Château. Anyone with a yearning to enjoy outdoor activities will find themselves spoilt for choice here too, as the spectacular Aude gorges offer the chance to try white water rafting, rock climbing, canyoning and many more adventure sports. Even the Mediterranean coast with its lively resorts, salt lagoons and fishing villages is within easy reach.

How to get there

Béziers in the Hérault department is the closest airport, with Carcassonne Airport in the Aude a little further away. Montpellier and even Toulouse are also within a reasonable drive of the village. Carcassonne is served by Ryanair; Béziers by Ryanair; and Montpellier by easyJet and Ryanair. Toulouse offers more of a choice with British Airways, Air France, easyJet, Flybe and Jet2 all flying into its airport. All of those towns have railway stations too, with TGV routes into Montpellier, Carcassonne and also to Narbonne which is just a short distance from Bize Minervois. Drivers will find Bize Minervois from the A9 auto route, exiting at Narbonne, or the A61. The village is near the D607.

Property prices and availability in and around Bize Minervois

Property in the village is highly sought after, and tends to sell quickly if it comes on the market. Property in the village and the surrounding area can be a little more expensive than in some parts of the Aude, but prices are still reasonable, with attractive and substantial properties offered at around 250,000 Euros at the time of writing.

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Bize Minervois AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Bize Minervois?

Bize Minervois is located in the south of France. It lies in the north-east of the Aude department, close to the border with the Hérault.

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IN THE REGION OF LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON

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IN THE DEPARTMENT OF AUDE

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Population: 1,074


Access: By air: Fly to Béziers or Carcassonne. By rail: Travel by rail to Narbonne, Carcassonne or Montpellier. By road: Bize Minervois lies just off the D607. The nearest major roads are the A61 and A9.


Economy: The economy is based on wine, olives and olive oil, with tourism also a factor.


Interesting fact: The village has the unusual advantage of a lovely natural river swimming pool.

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