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Address: outside Bab Debbagh, Marrakech, Morocco
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
Description: Leather tanning is the major industry in the city. It’s definitely worth a...
Leather tanning is the major industry in the city. It’s definitely worth a walk through this neighborhood.
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Be Warned of locals and the scams

We were walking along the street on the way to the square when we were approached by a friendly local who told us the story that today is a good day to go to the tannery as its a... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed June 8, 2015
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

While walking through marrakech you will come in that situation where some nice guy tells you "that today is something special in the tanneries" and maybe that he "knows that guy over there. he works there, he will show you the way". Just let them talk and keep on going. No one wants to help you for free. Remember that.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

I suggest only to visit with a guide in order not to be involved in the scams etc. as written below by others. The place is interesting and we were happy to have seen this for 2015 rather unbelievable place.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

I rarely post negative reviews but the tanneries in Marrakech is the worst place to visit. We've encountered some sketchy and mean people here. Please note we are avid travelers and we usually want to proof tripadvisor wrong BUT the reviews are spot on in this case. There were three of us walked in one of the open tannery just... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

We were walking along the street on the way to the square when we were approached by a friendly local who told us the story that today is a good day to go to the tannery as its a one off they let tourists in etc etc. "luckily" he saw a "friend" who was on his way there so he... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Not a great experience, horrible smell. Not good in sandals. Wouldn't bother again and bags not great!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

This is one of the things you can not miss, the smell is really bad, but the view from the store’s roof worth it

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Stumbled across the tanneries in Marrakech by accident while aimlessly wondering one day. Got pulled in with two others for a tour (I don't think you can go in without a guide). We were shown the various stages involved in creating the leather and concluded at the local shop (of course). Luckily the other girls on the spontaneous tour knew... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

The locals will guide you there you don;t have to pay just give them a little, just say you have no money because they will force you down the alleyways saying it's the last day. THE TANNERIES IS ALWAYS OPEN. JUST BEWARE OF THE SMELL AND THE MUD and the tour in the leather shop after. Just smile take the... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 via mobile

Me and my girlfriend were really looking forward to visiting this place and maybe me even more so as I'm a photographer and love to try and capture the local spirit in every country I go. We tried to walk there but after getting a bit lost due to our shocking map reading skills we flagged a taxi down. The... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

I visited Marrakech with my partner in December 2013. Whilst walking around inside the walled city, we were approached by a young local who said that the tanneries were a great place for photos. Our story echoes that of others here, we were taken to the tanneries (whilst wearing flip flops) and marched around putrid muck and poorly animals for... More 

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Address: Address: outside Bab Debbagh, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Africa  >  Morocco  >  Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region  >  Marrakech

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