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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  • I visited the tannery/Tannerie Chouara of Fes in April 2018. I had visited a tannery in Marrakech last year, the difference is that in Marrakech you can enter directly from the alleys, with or without official guide or pseudo officer if you know how to get there (that's beside the point), instead you're forced to climb on the terraces in Fes of the various leather shops for sale, then on their own without help I guess there you could go. The tannery in Fez is more colorful than that of Marrakech and slightly bigger, then the fact of seeing it from the top of the terraces enables you to see at a glance. At the entrance to the stairs leading to the terraces is offered a sprig of Mint to not smell typical; then depends on the stage of the processes and the direction of the wind, I did not hear much odor. I felt much more smell in various alleys of medina when they passed donkeys laden with skins. What makes an impression, and had impressed me also in Marrakech, you see the attendants (use of tanneries is the prerogative of some families, in which the craft is handed down from father to son) plunged nearly Bare legged in the various processing tanks, both those with ammonia (mainly pigeon droppings) or with colors. On various terraces, then there are the skins to dry in the Sun. As mentioned above, the tannery is surrounded by homes quite high, so from the street you can not see anything. The descent from the terraces requires, of course, to pass on the different floors of the stores of skins, very beautiful and varied, but does lose a little time: after all they would like everyone to buy something. Us for the first day of visit of the medina we have relied to a guide, according to our official riad (didn't see badges): it was disappointing because, apart from the tannery where as I said you can go only with a some Guide , took over in the various shops to visit madrasahs and places of interest. I had to insist I, say, to see the medersa Bou Inania.
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  • Smell of dyeing and leather tanning works, so anyway is incredible. Papered the smell, and go nose with mint leaves. Depending on who will be calling out someone guide me, and hard to understand where the money requires.
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  • 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 ...  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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