We had a similar experience to other people. As we were walking near our Riad a young man said that he was a neighbour and wanted to tell us that it was a special Berber holiday and that we should visit the leather market. We thought we would have a quick look and at the end of the street another man, who was obviously an associate of the first young man, directed us towards the tanneries. A third man then kept telling us to follow him as he "happened to be going that way". At the entrance of the tanneries we were given sprigs of mint to counteract the stench and entered a scene which looked medieval. Men were in pits of animal urine curing leather hides. The smell was awful. After a few minutes I said I was leaving but the guide said we were half way around so I should carry on. He then tried to persuade me to go to the leather market but I refused. He asked for money and I gave him 20 dirhams but he insisted on 40. Ok, that is not a fortune but the whole experience was unpleasant. If anyone suggests you go to the tanneries just say NO.
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