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Chouara Tannery

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Address: Hay Lablida Chouara, Fes 30030, Morocco
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Fez Medina 4-Hour Guided Walking Tour
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If you're in Fez, I highly recommend coming here. There are several shops from which you can see the tanneries - you don't need to pay money to get a scheduled tour of the place... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you're in Fez, I highly recommend coming here. There are several shops from which you can see the tanneries - you don't need to pay money to get a scheduled tour of the place. We found our way to a shop that gave us mint (to cover the bad smell) and then escorted us up through the shops to... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We ignored the shop touts and just continued downwards to them where a worker showd us around in a very pleasant way. 20 dirhams per person well spent. Thanks to the tip of a nice young german couple.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

And the finished product is quite gorgeous. Moroccan leather is butter soft and pliable, perfect for Moroccan babouches (slippers). Other Moroccan leather goods include purses, belts, book bindings, furniture and more. If you have a penchant for leather, Well, first, the tanneries are a little…stinky. OK, a lot stinky. As part of the traditions of the tanning process, dating back... More 

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Rochester, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Definitely one of the highlights of Fes along with the medina. There are several leather shops that sit beside the tannery and from their top floor you can get a good view. The shops will have a semi-aggressive guy take you upstairs and show you the tanneries with the hope of you buying something later. Ask for mint (I believe)... More 

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Manila
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You will not know what awaits you when you enter a small door and climb the narrow and winding stairs 3 storeys high maybe more. First sight will be leather bags of all designs and colors on walls wherever you look. Then you are led to a terrace to view a process you probably haven't seen before -- the tanning... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not the easiest to find, but keep heading down in the medina and follow your nose. 700 years old, run by 300 people from 80 families. Processes 60,000 animal hides in a six day working week. You go up the terrace of a shop to view. Choose your shop cause you will be stuck with them for a bit. Some... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You'll need someone to guide you to it, and then you'll need to climb some steep stairs, but it's worth getting to the tannery. You'll get a top view and can look down on the vats and the tannery staff do a good job of explaining what's going on. Did you know pigeon poop is good for curing animal skins?... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'm sure it's interesting but we couldn't overcome the smell... the workers are great awful job and the products are great .. tanneries are not a must see for us!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Due to a bit of internet research, my boyfriend and I werent sure about whether going to the tanneries or not. We read a lot about pushy men trying to trick you into something and wanting money from you, about a lot of harrassment on the way etc pp. We went to the tanneries without a local guide and though... More 

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Munich, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

The Chouara Tannery is located in the heart of Fes Medina. You can get there relatively easily by following the main shopping streets. When getting closer to the tanneries, local will confuse you by indicating different ways to lead you to various leather shops where you can have a view. All view points are inside shops. Shops can be of... More 

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