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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  • We viewed the tannery from a balcony or roof top of a leather goods shop, so we probably didn't get the full experience. However, it was interesting to see the big outdoor vats with men up to their kn...  more »
  • This is a very popular place for those who watched the novrla CLONE. You can see people working in the dyeing of leather. Unmissable
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  • Visit this quarter will leave you open-mouthed. It is the most strong you can find in this city and one of the hardest there is in this world. It's awesome
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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.
  • 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.
  • Get ready for the super-hustle. There is no need to pay anyone, although you'll be touted heavily as you approach this place. Get onto one of the terraces overlooking the tannery. Several don't charge a fee but you "pay" by browsing their leather store at the end. In winter and in the morning the smell isn't so bad. Note that before the sun is high there are bad shadows on the tannery itself if you're looking to get decent photos.
  • 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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