Chouara Tannery

Chouara Tannery, Fes: Hours, Address, Chouara Tannery Reviews: 4/5

Chouara Tannery
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Historic Sites • Flea & Street Markets
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Iggy
Miami, FL5 contributions
Nov 2021
fes tannery is amazing and must see place and we really liked, especially our guided tour , including the explaning the history and process of fabrication.
Written January 13, 2022
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haveart
Houston, TX302 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
It was incredible to see the ancient Chouara Tannery that has been around since about the 16th century. It reminded us of an artist’s palet! It was filled with stone vats filled with various color dyes for animal hides. Before heading to the top, our tannery guide gave us fresh mint to carry because of the smell of the tannery. The viewing area from above winds you through several stories of leather goods and shops. We saw some beautiful jackets in the shops. Don’t miss the tannery!
Written December 4, 2021
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packedandready2go
California771 contributions
Nov 2021 • Friends
The tannery was interesting and because it was lunch hour and the tanners were on break and not stirring up the tanning pits it was not very smelly. the visit itself does not take a lot of time. Afterwards we went to La Terrasse Des Tanneurs, the adjacent leather store. The products seemed good though the staff was mildly persistent. However the tour-guide/salesman had a good sense of humor so the bargaining process was fun. My wife and I purchased two leather jackets which we like a lot.
Written November 7, 2021
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Manny B
New York406 contributions
Oct 2021
We were part of an organized tour visiting a tannery. The guide took us up to the roof, where we were able to look down on the many large earthen vats used to dye the leather in any number of different colors. The process (utilizing pigeon dung) is an ancient process that is still being used. After the tour, you're being corralled in the showrooms where we're shown a wide variety of leather jackets, handbags, etc. We did not buy anything. Some places may be good to buy and others might not be. So use caution.
Written October 30, 2021
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SeverusAlexander
Hopkinton, MA487 contributions
Sep 2021
As many have stated this is a place that you visit but don't expect any great bargains on leather goods. We found better deals on leather in Marrakesh without all the pressure and attitude. The store we took our pictures from was all sales and hype. According to them their leather is better than Florence, Italy's but my coat from Florence blows away anything that you can get in Fez. When we asked for leather goods in certain colors they went into their stock areas and brought out large plastic bags and boxes that look like they were shipped in. I couldn't tell if the goods were local or shipped in and prices were high so we passed on buying here.

Take the tour, get your pictures and buy your leather goods from a place that locals go outside the tourist areas or in Marrakesh.
Written October 6, 2021
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theSneakyBeagle
Dubai, United Arab Emirates25 contributions
Jun 2021
It is one of the interesting places that we have visited in Fes! Our tour guide Hassan took us there. We went up the terrace in one of the leather shops to see the whole picture. I have read some of the reviews that the area smells horrible and people will offer you mint leaves, but in our case, maybe since its covid time, there was no crowd and the smell for us was tolerable. It's a must visit if you are interested on how they work on leathers the ancient way.
Written June 12, 2021
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katabami2019
3 contributions
May 2021
I recommend skipping Fez altogether and going to Chefchouen and Marrakech instead. The people in Fez, especially taxi drivers are very aggressive and rude and act like they are ready to fight at any time over very small things. Do not trust people in the street who will want to guide you. Also, I do not recommend buying any leather goods from the shops overlooking the tannery. The salesmen working there will try to pressure you into buying something. The prices they give tourists is outrageous. I recommend just going to one of the leather shops in the souk where you can find the same goods for a significantly lower price.
Written May 18, 2021
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PALTravel
Portland, OR1,515 contributions
Mar 2020
We were lucky as there weren't any crowds when we visited and it was a cooler day. What this means is that it was very easy to see the entire tannery WITHOUT THE STINK.

I'm not sure the leather shop we entered to view the tannery was very good as far as quality so if you're looking for leather goods, make sure you shop around.
Written June 5, 2020
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia36,196 contributions
Jul 2019
The Chouara Tannery is in the old part of the city, in the Fes el Bali. It is located right by the river that runs through that particular area. The water comes in handy. We visited but on the day while the shops were trading the actual tannery was not operating. However it was very interesting to see the place and all those vats that are used to manufacture the different types of leather that Fes and Morocco is famous for, around the world. The actual manufacturing process has not changed since medieval times! No modern methods are used. Quite extraordinary.
Written June 1, 2020
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HINA W
Islamabad, Pakistan6,322 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
This is a historic 11th century tannery of Fes. We took a tour of this amazing but stinky place. The shopkeepers, in the area, take you to the balconies above the shop and explain the process for a few dirhams. The age old traditional methods used were simply mind blowing. The cow and sheep hides are first limed, then softened with pigeon dung. Next the tanners pound the skins with their feet for hours. After this the hides are immersed in huge earthen pots filled with plant based dyes. Lastly the skins are dried and sent to leather craftsmen to make bags, shoes, belts and drums. No trip to Fes is complete without a visit here.
Written May 8, 2020
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