The Bibemus quarries

Aix en Provence - Nature and the environment - All year long

The ochre molasse quarries of Bibemus used to supply the pale stone that is so characteristic of numerous monuments in the city of Aix-en-Provence.

Situated between the route du Tholonet and the route de Vauvenargues, Bibémus refers to a rocky plateau, part of which was used as a stone quarry for a long period.

Use of the quarries goes back to ancient times and the stones were used to build Aix in the 17th and 18th centuries. In Cézanne's era, the quarries were practically abandoned. The painter rented a small hut there where he could keep his canvases and even sleep if he needed to. There he painted 11 oils and 16 watercolours in this landscape where mineral and vegetable complement each other.

As well as the viewpoint of Mont Sainte-Victoire and the nature portrayed in the painter's works, the site contains the very unusual motif of the orange rocks in geometrical shapes, from which Cézanne drew striking works that heralded Cubism and are renowned the world over.

The quarries are now open annually at very specific times.

Getting here
To get to the Bibemus Quarries that were so dear to Paul Cézanne you take the D10 from Aix en Provence towards Vauvenargues.

Parking for cars and coaches: Trois Bons Dieux car park, supplement for shuttle transfer from the Trois Bons Dieux car park. Bus No 6, Les Trois Bons Dieux stop (more information buses www.aixenbus.fr).

Prestation from 0 to 7,70

Information provided by OT Aix en Provence

  • Organiser

    Aix-en-Provence Tourist Office
  • Transport means

    On foot

  • Duration

    2 to 3hrs

  • Guide

    Historic monuments guide

  • Tour language

    English, French

  • Phone

    • 04 42 16 11 61
  • Fax

    04 42 16 11 62

  • Website

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