The village has three excellent restaurants and a bar serving food all within easy walking distance of the house. Two kilometres away at Cabezac there are another two restaurants a large wine domain and a tabac and bar which is famous for it’s fresh oysters served on Wednesday and Friday evenings.  There is also a well stocked local shop in the village, two bakers, a doctors and medical centre, pharmacy and well stocked local produce shop.  One great attraction of Bize is the river Cesse which is formed into a swimming pool in the summer months and watched by a lifeguard.  Swimmers love the freshness and purity of the cool water from the hills and the opportunity to enjoy the natural environment.    So you have a choice of two places to swim and sunbathe on your doorstep and there are lakes and the Mediterranean sea close by.

Like many of the villages in the area Bize was built in the form of a snail with the ancient church in the centre and belongs to the villages which are said to be ‘en circulade’.  The old buildings with their colourful shutters and the winding lanes make for some great photo opportunities.  There are several festivals which take place during the year, notably the ‘festival of the olives’ in July, when the village is transformed into a market place with food, music, dancing and fireworks.