The tanneries

Planning to visit the tanneries? See our information below!


If you look up Fes on google, you can’t have missed it. You must have seen pictures of the world famous tanneries. If you visit the Tanneries, you will soon understand that it is one of the most visited sights in Fes for a reason!

While walking through the streets of Medina in Fes you are constantly approached by men who want to take you to the tanneries. Better ignore the men and follow the signs. You can generally take a look for free and sellers are happy to tell you more about the production process for a small tip. Once at the top you get a beautiful view over the colored baths in which the leather skins are softened or given a new tan. An impressive process that can be quite smelly. It is a great pleasure for the eye, not the nose.

Opening hours:

There are several places/rooftops to see the tanneries, but most are open from 08:15 AM to 07:50 PM.

Photographer: Vince Gx by Unsplash

Tips and Tricks!

Here are some tips you should know before visiting the tanneries!

  • After viewing the Tanneries from the roof, you usually go down into a giant warehouse filled with leather goods. Don’t want to buy anything? Then give a small tip as a thank you for the tour.
  • However, stories are circulating of people who were obliged to buy an expensive bag or coat after their visit. Therefore, indicate clearly in advance if you do not want to buy anything and only want to look at the tannery.
Photographer: Lars Meijer

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