The Bibemus quarries and Cezanne

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A quiet natural haven just a step or two away from the city. The ochre rock bears the marks of time. Here Cezanne painted many of his masterpieces: the spot provides an exceptional view over Montagne Sainte-Victoire.

Nestled between Aix-en-Provence and Montagne Sainte-Victoire, this site is a key part of the history of the city and its mountain. The stones speak of distant times, when a host of sea animals lived in the quarries. Remains of tools and rock faces show traces ranging from the city's foundation in Roman times until the 20th century. Lastly, the landscape with its ochre, green and blue colours is a reminder that the famous Aix painter Cezanne made it his "studio". During a visit to Bibémus you can “talk about nature in a Cezanne painting”.


  • Walking tour, starting at 2 pm from February until the end of March, and at 6 pm until the end of October.
  • Reservation required at the tourist office or on line
  • Language : french
  • Duration : around 2h
  • Meeting  at Bibemus parking (3080 chemin de Bibemus), near the entrance gate, 20 mn before. Please do not use Google maps to get there.
  • Important : Please notice the Bibemus parking is small, come in advance to be sure to find a place.

Pets are forbidden. Walking shoes advised.


CAUTION : This visit can be cancelled in case  of closure for forest fire prevention and when shuttle service is not operating : From June to September the Bibemus quarries site is subject to restrictive regulations.

Access to the daily schedule visiting the website there, (view Sainte-Victoire et Concors) from 6pm only.

  • No pets allowed
    No pets allowed
  • Tested by our advisory team
    Tested by our advisory team
  • Included
  • Duration :
    • 2h
  • Visit language :
    • French
  • Time of day :
    • in the afternoon
  • Means of transport :
    • walking
  • Number of participants :
    • Guaranteed departure from 1 person
  • Type of activity :
    • Guided tour
  • Included in :
    • Aix-en-Provence City Pass
  • To take with you :
    • Shoes suitable for the activity
    • Water bottle
    • Hat or cap in summer
  • Other information :
    • Tested by our travel advisors
    • No pets allowed
  • Important information :
    • Subject to forest opening regulations (fire risks)
  • Access :
    • from the village or the place visited
    • place accessible only with one's own vehicle

Situation map


3090 chemin de Bibemus
GPS coordinates
Latitude : 43.53061
Longitude : 5.49902