The Bibemus Quarries

Aix en Provence - Monument

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 Cezanne'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 Cezanne drew striking works that heralded Cubism and are renowned the world over.

Partners
My Provence Pass

A free entry for Bouches-du-Rhône inhabitants with the My Provence Pass!

See the offer

Information provided by OT Aix en Provence

Website
Bons Plans

Ne passez plus pour un touriste ! explorez les Bouches-du-Rhônes comme un local...

Discover

Nearby

  1. Les Lodges Sainte-Victoire

    Hotel

    Read more
  2. La Tomate verte

    Food guide restaurant

    Read more
  3. Ibis Aix en Provence

    Hotel

    Read more
  4. Hôtel des Augustins

    Hotel

    Read more

Where to stay

Saint-Christophe
Hotel

Saint-Christophe

Aix en Provence

The Hotel Saint-Christophe is ideally located opposite the Rotonde fountain, at the entrance to the pedestrian historic center, less than 50 meters from the Tourist Office and a stone's throw from Cours Mirabeau, museums, Provencal markets and the Grand Théâtre de Provence. In an Art Deco…

Concorde
Hotel

Concorde

Aix en Provence

A green corner, in the heart of town,"le concorde" bids you welcome. Quiet and confortable rooms (49), rooms for disabled people, large underground, car park, lift, sitting room, quiet terrace and garden. Pets are allowed. Location: 10 minutes walking distance to the centre city, neraby shopping…

Lodge N°3 Le Verger
Holiday rental

Lodge N°3 Le Verger

Le Tholonet

Villa de luxe, 3 chambres avec piscine privée.

Le Mozart
Hotel

Le Mozart

Aix en Provence

This attractive guest establishment teeming with Provençal charm, oleander, terraces and parasols, is an open invitation to extend summer and holidays. With its ideal location in town, Le Mozart is the perfect starting point to set out on a discovery tour of Old Aix (free outside parking, and…

Novotel Aix Beaumanoir
Hotel

Novotel Aix Beaumanoir

Aix en Provence

In the town of the good King Rene, at the crossroads of Cezanne paths, the Novotel Aix en Provence Beaumanoir welcomes you for an overnight or a longer stay. The hotel is located 5 mn away (by car) from the town center. In the Novotel you will feel at home, the welcome and smiles of our team will…

Hôtel de Gantes
Hotel

Hôtel de Gantes

Aix en Provence

The first four-starhotel without stars hotel on the Cours Mirabeau. Stylish decoration combining historic ambiance with modern comfort, the Hotel de Gantes has 11 rooms and suites all different from eachother.Dare to meet Marilyn’s eyes in the Cinema room or admire the St Victoire in the Paul…

Les Lodges Sainte-Victoire
Hotel

Les Lodges Sainte-Victoire

Le Tholonet

Au coeur d'un domaine privé de 5 hectares, entre vignes et oliviers, découvrez l'univers unique d'un hôtel proche d'Aix-en-Provence. A 5 minutes du centre-ville, L'hôtel Les Lodges Sainte-Victoire vous accueille au pied de la montagne Sainte-Victoire qui a tant inspirée Paul Cézanne, dans…

Arc en Ciel
Campsite

Arc en Ciel

Aix en Provence

Situated just outside the city of Aix-en-Provence, this campsite is a peaceful campsite with 50 places, offering enough shadow and comfort. The campsite offers regular sites for tents and caravans, but also sites with additional comfort and extra comfort, and sites for camping cars. Two…

Sur Les Toits Du Vieil Aix
Holiday rental

Sur Les Toits Du Vieil Aix

Aix en Provence

Appartement climatisé en duplex. Séjour/salon. Cuisine américaine équipée. A l'étage : 1 chambre avec 1 lit/2 pers (160x200). 1 SdB avec douche et baignoire. 1 WC indépendant. 2 terrasses de 4 et 7 m² avec mobilier de jardin. Accès internet. Stationnement public à proximité.

Things to do

Sophie Bourgeix
Craftsman

Sophie Bourgeix

Aix en Provence

Specialised in studio portraits, Sophie Bourgeix welcomes you in the city centre in the Maison de la Photographie d'Aix-en-Provence. Call on Sophie's services for your family portraits, pregnancy or new-born baby photographs, keep a trace of the moments that count, and highlight what you love…

Sugar
Fashion / shopping

Sugar

Aix en Provence

Ready-to-wear for women

Cinéma Le Mazarin
Cultural place

Cinéma Le Mazarin

Aix en Provence

Art cinema with 3 screens. Foreign movies are all shown in original version with french subtitles.

PcM Création
Craftsman

PcM Création

Aix en Provence

Lamps and decorative eco-design objects made of linen or burlap. Made in France by hand.

Le Ruban Vert - galerie et théâtre
Cultural place

Le Ruban Vert - galerie et théâtre

Aix en Provence

Two places in one spot dedicated to all forms of creations: - Gallery exhibitions, temporary boutique , artists' studios - Theater : concerts, shows, children birthdays, company, theater class and workshops. Room rental for events, seminars and meetings.

Antoine Vitez theater
Cultural place

Antoine Vitez theater

Aix en Provence

Théâtre Antoine Vitez hosts an annual themed schedule with fifteen professional companies, two amateur theatre festivals and university productions by theatre and music students. The essentially theatre-based schedule focuses on contemporary playwrights and designs. Alongside the Pratik Teatr…

First (femme)
Fashion / shopping

First (femme)

Aix en Provence

Ready-to-wear for women, and ready-to-wear for men. Shoe store.

So...
Fashion / shopping

So...

Aix en Provence

Fashion accessories and jewelry

Lac de Zola
Lake/Pond

Lac de Zola

Aix en Provence, Saint Marc Jaumegarde

Réalisé par le père d'Emile Zola, François (1795-1847), ingénieur italien, et terminé aprés sa mort en 1854. C'est le premier barrage voûté, il retient les eaux de ruissellement nord de la Ste Victoire, canalisées par l'Infernet. Mais l'aboutissement du projet a été fort long en 1838…

Where to eat

L'Epicurien
Food guide restaurant

L'Epicurien

Aix en Provence

Its one bad point? Too small! This raw and cosy bistro is where talented chef Ludovic Aillaud delivers up inspired dishes made with high-quality produce, ever-faithful to his philosophy of enjoying life to the full. This modest man has a nose for good food. The service is fast, the menu is lively…

Le Riad
Food guide restaurant

Le Riad

Aix en Provence

This Moroccan restaurant is in the historic centre of Aix-en-Provence, between the Town Hall and the Rotonde fountain, near Cours Mirabeau. It is inside the former Cordeliers Abbey, a listed historical monument, which adds its charm to the already refined, discreet oriental decor. In summer, eat…

La Rotonde
Food guide restaurant

La Rotonde

Aix en Provence

La Rotonde is a brasserie opposite the famous fountain of the same name in central Aix-en-Provence. The eatery serves generous Mediterranean dishes made on-site using fresh seasonal produce. The menu features carefully-selected seafood, wood-fired pizzas and meat dishes cooked on a Josper oven.…

Les caves Henri IV by Le Formal
Food guide restaurant

Les caves Henri IV by Le Formal

Aix en Provence

Despite the extreme discretion of this very refined and hidden-away eatery in Rue Espariat, Jean-Luc Le Formal's reputation went beyond the 15th-century arches of this artist's studio many years back. A colourist of flavours and alchemist of sauces, Jean-Luc juggles cleverly with his produce and…

Chez Thomé
Cuisine de Provence

Chez Thomé

Le Tholonet

Situé au pied de la Montagne Sainte Victoire, dans un cadre enchanteur, le restaurant Chez Thomé, vous séduira l'été par sa terrasse ombragée et l'hiver par le charme de ses salles provençales.

Les vieilles canailles
Food guide restaurant

Les vieilles canailles

Aix en Provence

Opened on a pedestrian street, this brand new restaurant in the heart of Aix-en-Provence is a den of epicureans. Authentic French bistro, Les Vieilles Canailles offers gourmet, simple and local cuisine, a rigorous selection of wines, all in a warm atmosphere. A true lover of the Product,…

Brasserie Léopold
Food guide restaurant

Brasserie Léopold

Aix en Provence

Discover the Léopold brasserie, with its Provençal specialities and brasserie food. On the ground floor of Hôtel Saint Christophe, the brasserie has meeting rooms and offers study day and conference formulas. Wifi and audiovisual equipment available for customers.

Naruto
Food guide restaurant

Naruto

Aix en Provence

Naruto restaurant serves many sushis, tempuras and yakitoris, prepared with care by our Japanese chef. You will also find okonomiyaki, donburi and ramen, and many original home-made desserts.

Auberge Provençale
Food guide restaurant

Auberge Provençale

Meyreuil

A former coaching inn located 10 minutes from Aix-en-Provence, this restaurant has been renowned for over 25 years and offers tasty dishes cooked with fresh local products. Renovated with taste, this traditional building has retained all its charm, exposed beams and fireplace with wood fire.

Inspirations

Inspirations

Inspirations

Traditions, lifestyle, mediterranean cuisine

The MEDITERRANEAN SEA

The MEDITERRANEAN SEA

Lifestyle

When we talk about the South of France, what's the first thing we think of? The MEDITERRANEAN SEA! (and the sun of course – it's all part of the package).

Lavender

Lavender

Tradition

Happiness is in the lavender field!

The Sun

The Sun

Sunshine, one of the fundamentals of life in the South…