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Address: outside Bab Debbagh, Marrakech, Morocco
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
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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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Beware the Hard Sell

We saw the tannery from the top of the UNESCO World Heritage building. It was raining and the tanneries where not that busy so the smells where not as bad as I had expected. We... read more

2 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 December 2016
John L
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Poole, United Kingdom

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Poole, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

We saw the tannery from the top of the UNESCO World Heritage building. It was raining and the tanneries where not that busy so the smells where not as bad as I had expected. We were offered a so called "free guide" to the tanneries and a very hard sell to buy some of the leather goods. We walked out... More 

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8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

Not a place to go, scammers everywhere wanting money for a tour of the tanneries that you don't even know your going on! ...too far out of the city for tourists, I felt very scared and uneasy there, and it was difficult to find our way back. Definitely not a place for tourists!!!!!

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7 Thank Maxine H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

It can be dangerous - avoid in any case, don't believe any tales about the "berber leather market". These ones are rascals - they demand large money after the so called "free guide" to the tanneries.

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7 Thank Ivan S
Balzan, Malta
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

These are the only authentic tanneries in Morroco, as the ones in Fes have renovated last February 2016. One can smell hem from afar , so be prepared for the smell. On the whole this is a must do while in Marrakesh.

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Prague, Czech Republic
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

My boyfriend and I were let there thinking that we're gonna see the berbers' market. Unfortunately, a guy misled us to a terrible place where we saw leather everywhere - the smell was disgusting. After the tour the guy wanted from us 200 dirhams which we didnt pay as he said at the beginning that it was for free. Be... More 

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4 Thank NguyetMinh79
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

A very slick operation meant we were sheperded to the tanneries without realising what was going on. The shop there has some really nice stuff but the prices are very high, even after 30minutes bartering! When we left (despite spending over £100 in the shop) the "guides" demanded money - 50Dirham each for the tour. We gave them 50 total... More 

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4 Thank TravellingScientists
Leeds, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

This was on our list of things to do when visiting Marrakech despite previously being warned about the guides. We had decided to try and visit the area without having someone guide us around, however, as soon as we turned the corner we were approached by a man who said we weren't allowed to enter without a guide. We told... More 

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4 Thank Thom S
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

On a recent trip to the city with me and my girlfriend one of the planned highlights was a trip to the tanneries. Armed with a map denoting the location and mobiles to aid we set off to the tanneries. However during the approach to the area numerous people tried to offer us directions telling us we were going the... More 

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7 Thank Paris I
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Everywhere else in the medina people are friendly and helpful. Around the tannery you will be constantly approached by people pretending to be helpful who are difficult to shake off and tell you it's the last day to see the Berbers buying leather or other nonsense in order to demand money for guiding. The only time I felt uncomfortable with,... More 

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4 Thank Christian W
Conil de la Frontera, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Make sure that if you are persuaded to use a guide that you agree a price before he starts. Also, if you are lured into the shop at the end of the guided tour, make sure you know what you are going to buy and don't use a credit card. JUST PAY WITH CASH. Also, you will probably find the... More 

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