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Tanneries

outside Bab Debbagh, Marrakech, Morocco
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As featured in 3 days in Marrakech and 1 other guide
Ranked #84 of 92 attractions in Marrakech
Type: Factory Tours, Neighborhoods
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Description: Leather tanning is the major industry in the city. It’s definitely worth a walk through this neighborhood.
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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We were unable to avoid being shown around and then hassled to visit shops. We had to pay the person who showed us around with no idea of how much is appropriate, had to walk away half way through to avoid the pressure.

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Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Plain and simply, don't bother even going anywhere near it. The fifteen minute was from the square is constant harrassment from locals trying to con and sell you stuff. On arrival we were given mint due to the smell, we started to walk in an around but the 'guides' were everywhere and they were looking to con every tourist that... More

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Solihull, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

I really wanted to see the tanning process that produces the great leather that Morocco produces. However, I felt disappointed on leaving the place. We were met by a guide who hurriedly gave us some mint to cover the smell of the process (it wasn't that bad - could it be hype? He was keener to get us through the... More

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

A fascinating view into the process of making leather products. We had an enthusiastic local guide who spoke good English and showed us around two different sites. Of course he took us out through the shop and waited outside for his tip, but overall a very interesting hour spent. The winding lanes getting to the tanneries are a bit confusing... More

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Similar to other reviews we were taken in by a young guide who "didnt do it for money" taken on a detour first to the wooldyers. We lost our sense of direction and we were handed over to an older guy given a 2 minute speil about scarf making shown some of the dye quickly and quickly hustled into his... More

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Fine if you want to gawp at poorly paid men working in atrocious conditions but the whole thing is geared up to rip you off. After the 'tour' we were taken into a leather shop and fresh off the boat (so to speak) had the hard sell on a pouff. The lack of cash was no barrier as our riad... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 via mobile

We were, as others have said, by a young man to go to see the festival of colours. There 'happened" to be another young lad going that way who said there was no charge to take us. We got there and an older man gave us some mint and showed us round. We assumed that we would buy something at... More

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Farnborough, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We were met by a young man carrying two bunches of mint to ward off the smell to come. My wife accepted hers but being at my stupid best I declined. We smell permeated the whole area and became stronger as we went deeper into the complex. We passed hundreds of Goat skins and Cow hides and watched as men... More

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Brighton
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

If you are actually interested to see how leather is tanned, then it might be worth going. Otherwise, beware of this GROWING TOURIST TRAP. We were actually heading to the Ben Youssef and Museum, when we got a bit lost in the souk. We were asking one of the store owners for direction when a bypassing teen insisted to take... More

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Cairo, Egypt
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

If you've never seen how leather is tanned this is a must see. Just be aware that you might night like the smell. We were guided through an Arab and a Berber tannery before being taken into a souk to look at / buy goods. Expect to give 100Dh for the tour. It goes to the family, not the guide.

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