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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 #82 of 88 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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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

My wife and me were visiting Marrakech in September 2014 trying to get to one of the museums when a local said he knew the way (warning he lied). He proceeded to bring us to the tanneries which we said we weren't going to but he insisted so we followed. The tanneries weren't much to look at and wasn't worth... More

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Vermont
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I visited and toured with my mother. We arranged for a guide through our hotel and I would suggest this to any visitor. This avoids any hassles as they are very protective and price is pre-arranged. It's a great process to see and contrary to what is said, the prices in the shop ARE negotiable 😀 I thought it was... More

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Most people accidentally end up in the tanneries by being directed by the locals in the area. It is a scam. You have a tour with a guard with mint thrust under your nose, vats of bird poo ammonia brewing in the heat men stood in similar chemicals stirring the leather and then you are thrust into the shop for... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We had read about scamming guides and so on before we went, so we had a bit of an idea of what we went into. We tried to go just by ourselves, but we simply could not avoid to get a guide. We could not find the place and as soon as we asked for directions a young guy just... More

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London
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 via mobile

It's all been said, guides demanding money, pushed into shops, and demands for tips, had no change, ended up buying a water and have the guide 20, he was not happy!. Avoid, not worth the hassle or effort, go to the photography place near by, no pressure there.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Like many reviews previous to mine, the tanneries are interesting however the working conditions leave much to be desired. They give you mint to sniff to cover the smells produced by the chemicals in the tanneries. When I questioned the local as to the health ramifications of working in such conditions, the local (dressed well compared to others) simply laughed... More

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Calgary, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Unfortunately, we had a rather bad experience when we tried to find the tanneries. We got lost, someone gave us directions and then helpfully handed us over to his friend, who gave us a tour of the tanneries. It was actually interesting to learn about how the hides were tanned, and we didn't mind paying for it, but then we... More

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

As others have stated. Seeing the actual tanning process can be interesting & informative but everything surrounding it just feels like a set-up. Prepare to say no & walk away whenever you start to feel uncomfortable. The stench issue can certainly be a bit too much for those sensitive to such things. As with much of Marrakech, it's something to... More

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

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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