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Tanneries

outside Bab Debbagh, Marrakech, Morocco
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Ranked #58 of 62 Attractions in Marrakech
Type: Neighborhoods, Factory Tours, Cultural
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, Cultural
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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Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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509 reviews 509 reviews
322 attraction reviews
599 helpful votes 599 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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13 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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
2 reviews
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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103 attraction reviews
149 helpful votes 149 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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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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014 via mobile

firstly we were duped into going here by a guy who said he was from our hotel. We didn't recognise him but felt rude to say so. Now know this was part of the con. He got a taxi to take us firstly to a herb/spice place then to here. We were given some fresh mint to use to hide... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

To be honest...I've got a little sick of the people here and how nothing is for free and they just see you as money. I know that is tourism in general but I've been around the world (as you can see from previous reviews) and this place is more transparent. We were lied to by a random local in the... More 

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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

We were conned. A charming young man was part of a group practiced in manipulating less suspecting tourists to the Tanneries. The Guardian' of the Tanneries who did our tour was verbally aggressive to my friend when his demand for a bigger tip was refused. The little shop we were corralled into after our probably dangerous tour was a pressure... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

a man gives you som fresh mintleaves for the smell, walks you around for Three minutes, rush you in a leather shop and wants you to buy. gets hostile when you dont by anything and then asks for 250 dirham (almost the same in euro). we gave him 100 dirhams. all other sites we wisited cost only 10 dirham in... More 

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Halesworth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We broke all the rules by following a guy from the street who promised to take us to the tanneries. He turned out to be a completely genuine guy. Once there it was like nothing we have ever experienced before - the smell, the pigeon "guana", the working conditions. Well worth the effort though.

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