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Tagine

Tagine is a traditional North African Berber dish, named after the earthenware pot in which it is cooked.

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Head to Latitude 31 in Marrakech for a divine chicken tagine with caramelised apples and thyme honey in blissfully tranquil, shaded courtyard

A tagine is a traditional Berber dish that takes its name from the earthenware pot in which it is cooked and served. Where most stews are cooked in a water-based liquid, the tagine eschews this, instead simply deriving its moisture from its ingredients.


While being cooked this water evaporates and then condenses on the inside of the tagine’s lid. Due to the conical shape of the tagine, the droplets then run down to the edges of the tagine bottom, rather than dripping back on to the meat and vegetables again. This means that the meat cooks as if it were not in a stew, but the liquid infused with rich flavours remains. And, of course, this is a very practical way to cook in regions where water supplies are limited.


This technique has stood the test of time for a reason: the results are delicious. A Moroccan tagine is typically very slow-cooked on charcoals, with sliced meat, poultry or fish thrown together with vegetables or fruit. Nuts, dried fruits and spices - from ginger, to turmeric and saffron - are also common. Sweet and sour combinations that are unfamiliar to some palettes are also popular, such as dishes with lamb, dates and spices. Grab a hunk of bread or a mound of couscous and enjoy this traditional Berber fare.

Nearby Attractions

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The Medina
Enclosed by ancient walls, the oldest quarter of the city is a UNESCO world heritage site.
Souks
A labyrinth of spices, food and eye-catching goods, these bustling markets are the colourful essence of Morocco.
Ben Youssef Medersa
A koranic theological college, the Medersa is often labelled the most beautiful building in Marrakech - quite an accolade.
The Almoravid Koubba
Just south of the Ben Youssef Mosque, this small shrine is the oldest monument in Marrakech.
Tangia
A Moroccan speciality, the meat and spices in tangia are traditionally slow-cooked for hours in a public oven.
Communal Bread Ovens
Most homes in the medina don’t have the luxury of an oven, so bread is baked communally instead.

Related Tours

Traditional Culinary Lunch and Hammam Experience
 Bustling Marrakech is a byword for joyous chaos: a crowded tangle souks, skinny cobbled alleyways and 3,000 jostling vendors vying for trade. 

  • Discover the evocative spice-rich aromas of cinnamon, ginger, cumin, turmeric, paprika, coriander, saffron, anise, nutmeg, cayenne pepper, fenugreek and caraway
  • Enjoy the rich flavours and fresh produce in a chef-prepared local dish especially for you
  • Learn about the food rituals and cooking techniques from the chef (a local Dada)
  • Savour unlimited glasses of refreshing Moroccan tea  - not exclusively mint flavoured but often aromatic herbs such as sage, wormwood, lemon verbena, wild thyme, and wild geranium
  • Indulge the senses with a sweet-smelling steam-shrouded hammam cleansing ritual
  • Imbibe invigorating Moroccan botanicals such as rose, patchouli, jasmin, geranium, bergamot and eucalyptus
Thrumming sounds, plumes of grill smoke and the beguiling melody of the snake charmer’s flute resonate through the throngs. Cries for custom echo around a zillion stalls piled high spices, live chickens, richly-woven rugs, coffee pots and silken slippers. Family, kinship, and the warmth of shared meals are highly prized in Moroccan life and are as central to culture as another ancient tradition: the soap-and-suds full-body cleansing of a steamy Moroccan hammam.  On your feast for the senses tour, enjoy  these two much-valued rituals: a beautifully Chef-prepared Moroccan lunch and a deeply relaxing spa experience in an elaborate domed bath house. 

Marrakech cuisine is diverse and peppered with a unique mix of cultures over ten storied centuries. Your chef, a veteran of private dining experiences, will create a gastronomic lunchtime splurge using Morocco’s most evocative flavours, textures, aromas and spices. Food is powerful, enhancing the intensity of the memories we build and a specially-created menu will introduce you to the fresh produce of Morocco’s breadbasket regions. Each dish and flavour will provide new insight into the culinary character of Marrakech, blending Berber staples with Arabic nuts and dried fruit, the cooking styles of the Ottoman Turks and the olives and citrus fruits of the Moors with plenty of Gallic culinary twists. The result is a blended cuisine so tantalising on the tongue it sends a zillion feel-good messages surging through the body: a sensory delight.

Next, indulgence builds on Morocco’s ‘Al Baraka’ - a special spiritual energy that is created when kith and kin gather together - and leads us to the warm, cleansing waters of the hammam. In ancient times, a resounding boom of a copper gong would fill the streets at dawn, heralding the opening of the baths. Today the gongs have long gone, yet the baths remain an integral part of the social fabric of Marrakech communities. Different hammams have different characters, some serve as a meeting place for family, friends and co-workers while others are a sanctuary of quietude a world away from the hubbub of the city. Interiors are largely unchanged by time with dazzling wall-to-ceiling tiled mosaics, ornate gilded domes and gleaming marble. 

Treatments are revitalizing, centering on the venerated steam and scrub tradition of Roman bathing practices, which were adopted along the Mediterranean coast in the seventh century A.D. during the Arab conquest. Today this centuries-old mix of spiritual and social indulgence takes place in steam rooms opulent decor, heated by hot coals to keep the marbles floors warm and the water hot. Steam, different cleansing scrubs and deep, rhythmic massage are exfoliating, detoxifying and leave the skin cleaner than a newborn baby. Aromatherapy  - using the scent of rose, sweet patchouli, heliotrope, jasmine, geranium and bergamot accented with a hint of eucalyptus - is a glorious finale and a treat for 10,000 olfactory glands, pure sensory joy.

Note: Please be sure to bring swim trunks for the hammam experience. 
Imlil Valley Trek, Berber Lunch & Camel Ride
A Breath of Fresh Air

Take a break from the hubbub and chaos of Marrakech and experience an altogether calmer side of Morocco. You will be whisked away in a luxury vehicle and driven about an hour and a half through diverse scenery to a village in the Imlil Valley, which is one of the finest parts of the Atlas Mountains. 

Climb Every Mountain

Once you arrive, you will be met by one of the locals who know the environs like the back of their hand. The walk can be tailored to your mood on the day: whether you'd prefer a gentle 'stop & stare' or a more upbeat 'hike & hear'. Either way, you will learn all about the geography, plants, animals and the locals' way of life. There is also an opportunity to take a drink by a nearby waterfall; a particularly welcome relief after descending from the mountains above. 

Tuck into Tagine

After the morning's activities, you will be rewarded with a tagine to rival all tagines - on the terrace of a Berber's house in the heart of the valley. As you enjoy an abundant and healthy meal packed full of local produce make sure that you sit back, relax and prepare yourself for the excitement in store...

Ride of Your Life

You will be driven down to another type of landscape - flat and with a different type of vegetation, which you will be able to enjoy atop a camel. You will be led on a complete circuit and there will be plenty of opportunities to take photos of the scenery. There is no more natural way to experience Morocco than in the company of one of these magnificent beasts. 
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