Welcome to Le Châpeau de Napoléon & the Painted Rocks


Some 7km south of Tafraoute, 500m past the foot of the road to the Afella-Ighir oasis, a touristique piste leads uphill to the right – to the Pierres Bleues (Painted Rocks), the work of Belgian artist Jean Verame.

Verame spray-painted the smooth, rounded boulders in shades of blue, red, purple and black in 1984 and, although the rocks have a faded air, they remain strange and impressive against the landscape. Local lore has it that the villagers give these incongruous tourist attractions a fresh coat of paint every year.


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