Chouara Tannery, Fes

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Observe the completely manual process of leather dying that hasn't changed since the Middle Ages at Chouara Tannery, the largest and oldest of Fes' three tanneries. The only downside to your visit may be the stench of pigeon poop and cow urine, part of a mixture used for softening the hides. Plan my Fes trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.
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  • Not so sure why so many people have such a bad reaction to this place. Sure, it smells and there are men constantly trying to sell you stuff, but man up, have some confidence, and deal with it, otherw...  more »
  • Awful. Aggressive unpleasant workers hassle visitors non-stop. Arabic speakers will get abused. Vastly over-rated, not worth going there.  more »
  • interesting place to check out in the old medina.Remember to take some mint before going in so it'll help cover the smell.  more »
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  • Excellent tour of the tannery. Very instructive and well planned. Warnings about the bad smell (tanneries are not known for great fragrance!) were appropriate, but the smell, while not pleasant was bearable. The guides provide a sprig of mint to keep under your nose. Interesting, but I did not need it after 3-4 minutes. If you are interested in leathers, be ready for incredibly wide choice of high quality products in the tannery store.
  • Hidden in the heart of the city, the tannery gives some insight into how leather was historically made. You'll need to get above ground to fully appreciate the cooperative, just watch out for scams and private homes looking to charge you for the view. The leather shops are usually a better option, provided you aren't forced to buy goods.
  • The tannery and the shop was very cool and worth seeing. Not all the employees there are nice though. They're trying to make money, I get it. But I just doesn't feel quite right to me when they lie to you... :/
  • Smells horrible!!!!!!!!!! I think it might be toxic because it’s sooooo bad, you may got some mint leaves but they can not really cover all the bad smells. It is a interesting place, they seem use all natural oil to color the leather, and so as they have tons is leather product , some of them are good, but you make sure you cut their telling price down, they over charge tourists ! You can easily got 10%-20% off! Enjoy guys.
  • Yes, definitely go there, this is a must see, but prepare for few things: there is no other entering this area but through leather products selling shops. For exchange of the view you will be expected to either buy something there or pay 10 dirham "entrance fee". You also have to be careful when choosing which shop to enter, as not many of them really have the view you know from the famous pictures.
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