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Tanneries

Address: outside Bab Debbagh, Marrakech, Morocco
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Ranked #464 of 540 Activities in Marrakech
Type: Neighborhoods, Factory Tours, Other, Sightseeing Tours
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Leather tanning is the major industry in the city. It’s definitely worth a walk through this...
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Type: Neighborhoods, Factory Tours, Other, Sightseeing Tours
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

It is a total con. They tempt you by saying that it is a 'special day' and then walk you to the most hideous, smelly, vile place you can imagine. We should have known better - but they were so plausible ! We got away before they could do the hard sell but he was not pleasant at all. Do... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Our worse experience in Morocco. Despite knowing the risks of being pressured into purchases in the medinas, we recklessly followed a local promising to show us the tannery 'co-op' after having a pleasant experience at a rug co-op the day prior. Since we had been in Morocco for almost 2 weeks, we felt we knew the safety of these situations.... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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16 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Like the rest if the souks. Get some good advise from your hosts if you can. Suss out the maps the best you can and still be prepared to get lost. The golden rule is to trust noone who approaches you they will tell you anything to get you to go with them. They will tell you you're going in... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

the smell was awful, the whole experience interesting but also a little disturbing because it felt like walking backwards through time. Not sure if I would recommend it. We were hustled into a 'berber market ' nearby afterwards and almost forced to purchase a rug - which we didn't !

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Dunfermline, Scotland, United Kingdom
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66 reviews 66 reviews
28 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

OK, so I did a lot of research before going to Marrakech, I thought I was smart enough to avoid being ripped off, well I was wrong. My unfortunate experience on day 2 of my holidays then lead me to resent every local person in this town, I for one was not going to get ripped off twice (and I... More 

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Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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610 helpful votes 610 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

This was our second visit to Marrakesh, and had previously visited the tanneries. Therefore we had no interest in actually visiting them, but wandered into their vicinity of the tanneries on the way to another area. As soon as you get close there is an almost constant appearance of slime who want to show you tanneries. Even if you don't... More 

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Nave, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

The tanneries are probably the most gut retching experience I have ever had in my life. Even if you have seen and smelled rotting animal flesh before, be prepared to smell rotting flesh and watch cats eating intestines and dogs chewing animal skins as you view the process of curing animals skins. Also be aware that locals will offer to... More 

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Antibes, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, France
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

We were led to the tanneries by a local which luckily didn't ask for money then and there, the tanneries were a little interesting with how they make leather but be aware the "guide" that shows you around is really only after $$ we were then taken up the tower for photos and then taken to the store where this... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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109 attraction reviews
161 helpful votes 161 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Ok the tanneries themselves are interesting to a point however seen one seen them all. However getting to the Marrakech Tanneries on foot though the local market for local people is pure Moroccan magic with live stock, live fish fruit & veg & all on display & being cooked in front of you, how magic is that. Brill If you... More 

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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7 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

I had read all the suggestions about not being led away from the square, but was tied and wet on a vile rainy day, I was alone and a lovely chappie on a motorcycle offered to guide to see something interesting. Looking back I cant believe I followed this man. He took me to a tannery, it was dirty, smelly... More 

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