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Chouara Tannery

Hay Lablida Chouara, Fes 30030, Morocco
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“mint leaves” (22 reviews)
“leather goods” (42 reviews)
“pigeon poo” (5 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Hay Lablida Chouara, Fes 30030, Morocco
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"mint leaves"
in 22 reviews
"leather goods"
in 42 reviews
"pigeon poo"
in 5 reviews
"buy something"
in 14 reviews
"mask the smell"
in 4 reviews
"viewing platform"
in 4 reviews
"shops surrounding"
in 3 reviews
"bad smell"
in 5 reviews
"animal skins"
in 4 reviews
"small tip"
in 4 reviews
"natural dyes"
in 3 reviews
"goat"
in 6 reviews
"no pressure to buy"
in 4 reviews
"sales pitch"
in 4 reviews
"whole process"
in 3 reviews
"visiting fes"
in 4 reviews
"middle ages"
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Reviewed 11 July 2018

A visit to the tannery is a must. For best value it's advisable to go with a guide because the entire process is explained from the rooftop of the leather goods manufacturing store. A sprig of mint will struggle to cope with the strong smells...More

Thank tarla2017
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Reviewed 7 July 2018

Viewed from the terrace of lather goods stores the tannery offers a grand view of the colored vats where men still process leather the they have done for centuries. As an antidote to the foul smell the shop gave us a sprig go fresh mint.

1  Thank asiahand1
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Reviewed 2 July 2018

Had a fantastic time at the Tannery, we were led there by a friendly local who promised us that we wouldn't have to pay him anything. He led us right to a shop that we could view the tannery from (Number 10) very good views...More

1  Thank MICHAEL W
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Reviewed 2 July 2018

Brought expensive (£80) turquoise handbag in June for my daughter - today I met her in London and having carried the bag over her shoulder - and it was a hot day - she had turquoise dye all round the underarm material of her white...More

Thank Lindy Q
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Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

Who knew that pigeon dung was utilized during the process? Thankful for the mint leaves to get by! Amazing to watch the workers from the rooftop and they have some fantastic items for sale. Haggle your way to a good price!

Thank Girardot-Domingo
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Reviewed 10 June 2018

On entering at street level we were given a sprig of fresh mint to hold to our noses - the stench of leather being treated is awful. We viewed the tanning pits from a second-floor balcony and that was close enough from the point of...More

Thank golouis99
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Reviewed 22 May 2018

See attached pics. This place is a must-do and do this tannery as it is the largest in the medina. It is like a reverse L shape when viewed from above (see attached pic). And you want to be at bottom left of the L...More

4  Thank joe1212
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Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile

This is a fascinating site primarily because the process of dying the cowhides is done in the traditional method, but even with a bunch of mint crushed up against my nose the smell was unbearable. A lost art, I respect the craftsmanship that goes into...More

Thank tabi_travels
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Reviewed 9 May 2018 via mobile

Interesting. No charge if visiting shops above. However if coming specifically to look at tannery. Shop Staff will ask for fee of 50 dirham. Settled for 20. Nice items in shop. No pressure to buy.

2  Thank koonlan1955
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Reviewed 8 May 2018

Most people will loose their way in search of the tanneries but they are really worth while to keep looking. There is no entrance fee, a branch of fresh mint will be offered to disguise the bad smell. Stairs wind up through stores selling all...More

Thank Heli P
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Erin D
25 March 2018|
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Response from Ellen H | Reviewed this property |
You'll have to view from leather goods shops, and most shopkeepers in the medina close for the rest of the day around noon at the time of the second prayer because it's the weekly sermon and holy day.
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SherrieCooke
19 July 2017|
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Response from ken h | Reviewed this property |
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Wanderlust2812
12 February 2017|
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Response from susanajoia | Reviewed this property |
it really depends of your intentions, when i went there I was more interested in exploring the old part (medina), and in one day you can explore really good
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