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Address: outside Bab Debbagh, Marrakech, Morocco
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
Description: Leather tanning is the major industry in the city. It’s definitely worth a...
Leather tanning is the major industry in the city. It’s definitely worth a walk through this neighborhood.
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Why do they give you mint to hold?

These places are not for the faint hearted and are only to be visited if you have a real understanding of leather and it's mystery. Beware the local who befriends you as he is... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed May 8, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

If you want to see the worst of Marrakech, head to the tanneries for a dose of aggression and lies. A local pounced on us telling us about the nearby tanneries and how we were in luck because today was a special day - they were letting tourists visit the tanneries today, and today only! Of course this was a... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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47 reviews 47 reviews
17 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

This was the absolute worse place I visited during 3 weeks in Morocco. I had seen the tannery in Fes and was interested in comparing them. Well, this place was indescribable. The stench was far, far worse partly due to the death and decay in the enclosure. I saw the most manky cats, chickens, donkeys and dogs in all of... More 

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bournemouth
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Please DO let one of the locals suck you in with his story of being in the family that owns and runs this great place... Ok, so i had to tip him (50 dirham; about £3; although that was just for me!) but it was well worth it for the experience and knowledge that he bestowed on me! I had... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Bit of a con. Ambushed as soon as you arrive, dont give you much of a choice whether you want a tour. At the end of a stinky, disgusting experience they demand 200 dihram each. We paid 50 each and left, we was then surrounded by locals telling us to go this way and that way, we refused help but... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

These places are not for the faint hearted and are only to be visited if you have a real understanding of leather and it's mystery. Beware the local who befriends you as he is only after a fast buck wanting to get you to his ''uncles'' shop or ''brothers'' tannery. Commission earning is rife all across the City. They all... More 

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22 reviews 22 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Same experience as everyone else - scammed into going by various men who were seemingly unconnected. "You're very lucky, its the festival of colour! Great for photos!" A very polite teenager who specifically said he didn't want money, seemed kind sort of led us there and then said goodbye leaving us with the tannery "boss". After a 5 minute "tour"... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

As you get there, it will be a few locals that want to guide you and you will need to pay them if you let them to show you the way, sometimes they don't leave you alone. We got one of them but unless he explained a little the tanneries, we could see some people working on the leathers, it... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

We were, like many of the others reviewing this conned into going. That being said this was on our list of things to do. We just simply ended up doing it by accident, following a guy that was on his way there anyway. We were 'dropped off' at the gate where a young man holding mint then took us on... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Good to see but you wouldn't be heart brocken if you missed it or didn't go. We got a good price for a taxi as reccomended from our hotel. When we arrived we were driven down a quiet side street. The taxi driver called a man over who led us to a gate to go through some alleys, at first... More 

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Goring-on Thames, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 via mobile

We were conned just like everybody else. We were on a pony and trap ride and we were near the Majorelle Gardens. We asked the guide to take as to the nearby modern shops. Not sure what happened- communication problem - we ended up at the tanneries. I won't repeat what everyone else has said - our experience was pretty... More 

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