Dougga holds the remains of a UNESCO World Heritage listed Roman town, near Teboursouk, in the north-west of Tunisia. It also has several other monuments dating from pre-Roman times. Plan to spend about 2 hours here, and if you have a car, couple it with trips to surrounding areas (ask the security guard at the ticket office for recommendations).
Extensive ruins of a Roman town set on a hilltop, overlooking surrounding valleys with olive plantations. The road to Dougga passes through beautiful rural and scenic landscape. Unlike Roman ruins in Carthage or even in European towns where one or two remaining monuments are isolated in the middle of a modern city, at Dougga, the entire town is preserved, even the Roman streets. Without the barriers and the flocks of tourists, one can take one's time to climb in and out of houses and tunnels, temples and the theatres.
As with other sites in Tunis, Dougga's history is not limited to only the Roman period. One finds an old Punic temple here with a cleansing bath and walls from the Phoenician period, which was later transformed and reused by the Romans, and thus has Roman pillars. There is also an obvious funerary monument, the Mausoleum of Ateban, dating to 2nd century BC, one of three examples of royal Numidian architecture. Its inscription is housed in the British Museum, and the Punic-Libyan bilingual inscription was used to translate Libyan script.
Definitely worth the visit!
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 July 2016 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.
If driving, clear sign posts pointing to the Ruins of Dougga can be followed from Tebersouk.
Entry is only TD7 plus 1 for photography.
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.
There are lots of buildings still partially standing. There are also few restrictions as to where you can walk. The following is a suggested route to visit.
Take lots of photographs, wander amongst the olive groves, sit and take in the majesty of the place.
As of July 2016, an old gentleman serves as a guide in Dougga. His prices are TD20 per hour - an hour suffices to see most of the sites, even at his slow walking pace. He has lived in Dougga since his youth, serving as a guide for a long time. He is able to give the tour in Arab, French, English, or German. Well worth the price, on which he wasn't willing to budge, as there are absolutely almost no signposts around the area and it would have been a waste to visit the extensive ruins without understanding what they were, and he is knowledgeable (this page has been updated with his explanations, though, so might not be strictly necessary to go with him, cross checked to include only those on the Wikipedia page).
No facilities on site. Don't be surprised if a local farmer/shepherd tries to sell you Roman 'artifacts'.
Small shady area with tables where you can buy cold drinks, snacks, postcards (all at inflated prices) and use the well-maintained toilets.
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.
One hotel in the town a few miles away. Visit either from Tunis or El Kef.
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.
As of July 2016, the security guard selling tickets offered to do a trip to the surrounding area. Did not take up his offer due to time constraints but it could be an option - price is probably negotiable.