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Dougga holds the remains of a UNESCO World Heritage listed Roman town near Teboursouk in the north-west of Tunisia.

Roman remains at Dougga.

Understand[edit]

Extensive ruins of a Roman town in a beautiful rural setting. Definitely worth the visit.

Get in[edit]

Get a bus (at least two hours) or louage (80 minutes) to Teboursouk (pronouned Tebsook) from Bab Saadoune louage/bus station (Gare de Routiere Nord) in Tunis. A taxi will take you the short distance to Dougga and then pick you up again at a pre-arranged time. Louage drivers often ring ahead to alert the taxi that a tourist is arriving. It's very convenient and quick but 15-20TD for only a short distance. If you can't manage to get the price down, remember that Dougga is a memorable place to visit and well worth the money. As at May 2014 there was only one, extremely busy, taxi in Teboursouk that also served as the local bus, so arguing with the driver over the price was pointless. You could also go as part of an organised tour from Tunis.

Entry is only TD7 for entry plus 1 for photography.

Get around[edit]

Sturdy footwear is recommended as the paths are, for the most part, cobbled and can be reasonably steep in places. You will almost certainly be clambering over the ruins.

See[edit][add listing]

Allow at least two hours, but preferably half a day to see the site in its entirety. There are lots of buildings still partially standing. There are also few restrictions as to where you can walk.

Do[edit][add listing]

Take lots of photographs, wander amongst the olive groves, sit and take in the majesty of the place.

Buy[edit][add listing]

No facilities on site. Don't be surprised if a local farmer/shepherd tries to sell you Roman 'artifacts'.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Small shady area with tables where you can buy cold drinks, snacks, postcards (all at inflated prices)and use the well-maintained toilets.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Make sure you have a supply of water to walk around but you can buy it, and other drinks, on site. If buying from the local town make sure you get it from a reputable shop - street vendors have been known to refill empty bottled water containers with the local tap variety.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

One hotel in the town a few miles away.

Get out[edit]

Use a return taxi trip ( see above ) because there will almost certainly be no taxis waiting to pick up passengers leaving Dougga (as it is in the middle of nowhere), or visit as part of an organized trip.

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