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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 #83 of 91 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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Farnborough, United Kingdom
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100 reviews 100 reviews
29 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
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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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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36 reviews 36 reviews
24 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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Newcastle
2 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We were led to the Tanneries by a young boy, who was told to take us there by his father, as 'he is going anyway'. It's all part of the usual con-trick: "It's a special day/ it's a Berber auction/ "Festival of Colours". If you get lost around this area (you'll most likely be looking for the Ben Youssef Madrasa,... More

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Denver, Colorado
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22 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

You get a chance to see how leather is tanned.. There are 2 main tanneries: Berber and Arab. The smell emanating from these places is atrocious but the experience is still kinda neat. Avoid the guides. The place is free and not difficult to find.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Be really careful in the tanneries, it is very interesting but can results in being a very expensive trip - best idea - to go with no money at all - the goods from the cooperatives are exorbitant and they will try any tact to get you to buy - We were lucky - we had taken no money and... More

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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

We went to see the tanneries but found it to be a rather unpleasant experience. I stood my ground and we didn't pay much for something we were assured was free, but I am in my late 20's and 6 foot 3. I can imagine that some people would feel intimidated by the insistence to pay and lies.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

I spent the weekend in Marrakech while my friend was at a wedding. It's not as dangerous as most of you describe all you need to remember is that you can't get that lost and walk with confidence and be polite and say hi when you pass the locals. remember it's their city! It's pretty easy to find the tanneries... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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85 reviews 85 reviews
44 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

I agree with a post that was just posted and I'm sorry that this is going to sound much the same. I don't get why people were so upset when they went. Yes, you will be led to the tanneries (and out) by young men who want money. My boyfriend and I were also told that it was a special... More

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Dover, kent
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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

After reading the other reviews I suppose your experience depends what being 'scammed' means to you. Yes, we were led to the tanneries by a young man who said he worked there, and yes he said it was a special day, but he got us to the tanneries which we were having trouble finding. The guide he passed us on... More

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