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outside Bab Debbagh, Marrakech, Morocco
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Tanneries SCAM. Just politely say No!

Like many before us, we got hooked by this scam on our first day in Marrakech. What is it about... read more

Reviewed 16 August 2017
Neil C
St. Albans

Made the rookie mistake of using my credit card to buy one of their completely overpriced leather... read more

Reviewed 11 August 2017
Los Angeles, California
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Leather tanning is the major industry in the city. It’s definitely worth a walk through this neighborhood.
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outside Bab Debbagh, Marrakech, Morocco

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Reviewed 16 August 2017

Like many before us, we got hooked by this scam on our first day in Marrakech. What is it about arriving in a new city..... do we have a big sign on our forehead that says "I'm ripe for picking" :-) 1st morning, walked towards...More

Thank Neil C
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

Made the rookie mistake of using my credit card to buy one of their completely overpriced leather ottoman "poofs". Found TWO charges on my credit card both for 50 euro from one of the shops at the tannery I was dragged into. Don't make the...More

Thank Relationtrip
Reviewed 8 August 2017

Please stay away from the Tanneries. It smells terrible, is not particularly interesting and the men who offer to show you around and sell you goods will intimidate you just to get your money. My Dad, my brothers and I got lost on our way...More

1  Thank Anna A
Reviewed 22 July 2017

I had arranged for a guide through my hotel and asked if he would take me to the tanneries amongst other places as I was interested to see them. I found that having him there meant that I had no hassle whatsoever (and I was...More

1  Thank Scottishgal5
Reviewed 11 July 2017

It´s a place that many people search for. We simply want to find out whether it´s true that the place smells awfully and people work in bad conditions. As soon as you reach this quarter, you´ll meet unwanted guides on every corner. I don´t know...More

2  Thank Lenka77
Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

Do not go here please we want here and got taken around , there hussels us until we give them money , started swearing at us and starting a fight with us when they told us it was free and didn't want any money but...More

1  Thank tjbaby1
Reviewed 21 June 2017 via mobile

As so common, caught up in the free assistant trap. Was taken to two tanneries . Wife wasn't as impressed as I. Taken to the shop afterwards. Ten minutes and we were out of there with a smile from the shop keep. Of course, our...More

1  Thank Hubert M
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

Yes the Tanneries smell but what really stinks is the scammers that take you there. Even if you told them several times that you do not want their assistance they will persist and ask for money at the very end. Being hassled for money does...More

Thank seafare74
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Knew this place from our riad owner, and he told us it's free to visit, if there is anyone show you around and ask for tip, Dh20-30 will very enough, so we went. It's not as famous as the one in Fes, so couldn't know...More

2  Thank Ttnpj
Reviewed 11 May 2017

It was quite interesting seeing the Tanneries. But we quickly realized that the whole thing is set up very strategically by all the locals. We were told to just go take a look, just go around the corner, they only do this once a week...More

2  Thank dlc03
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Response from DonaldMurdo | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the above posts. The tanneries whilst interesting and rather smelly are not worth the hassle you will get in trying to find them and more importantly the sales tactics which are the most aggressive in Marrakech.