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“Incredible place, not to be missed” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Owner description: Remarkable Roman site of a once prosperous town with the capitol, theater and a Punic mausoleum.
Bern, Switzerland
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“Incredible place, not to be missed”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2014

The Roman ruins of Dougga are on the UNESCO World Heritage List for a reason: this is undoubtedly one of the most outstanding examples of Roman architecture worldwide. Although Dougga is somewhat off the beaten path, and perhaps nowadays somewhat a somewhat "adventurous" proposition (it's a few miles from the Algerian border and in the restive El Kef Governorate), it's not considered a risky place, and experiencing the majesty of this hillside Roman city makes it well worth the travel distance. You an walk around this site for hours, and the pathways are well-marked, although not appropriate for people with difficulty walking. The place can get extremely hot and/or extremely windy depending on the time of the year, so prepare accordingly. Another bonus, since this is somewhat off the beaten path, tourists are scarce (which also means a relative lack of facilities), but it is entirely manageable. This might be one of the most inspiring places in the entire region - it should not be missed!

Visited July 2013
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“Stay for 5 hours”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2014

We took a louage (6 dinar/person) from station Gare Bab Alouia at 11AM and arrived at 1:30PM. The louage driver phoned ahead to his taxi driver friend who picked us at the side of the road and drove us up the hill to Dougga for 25 dinar (rip off for an 8 min ride. Just let the louage drop you off in town and bargain for your own taxi). This included pick-up later to go back to town. The taxi driver said all we needed was 2.5 hours so we agreed to have him pick us up at 4PM.... This is not enough time!!! I recommend staying for at LEAST 4 hours, we would have preferred all day. The ancient town is massive and 2.5 hours is only enough time to do a 1 hour tour and take pictures of major highlights. I wish we would have stayed longer esp considering we were just waiting in the town until 5PM until the louage filled up enough to return back to Tunis. We arrived back in Tunis at 7:30PM.

Visited May 2014
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Crete, Greece
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“Explore a ruin without coach parties”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

I first visited this Roman site in 1973, well before you readers were born! I returned last year with my wife. This time I had hired a car. Still the same! This is a massive Roman site but very few people go there. Such a pity because the location is fantastic and the ruins extensive. There are also decent local hotels. If you like a beer you need a hotel with a bar because there are no 'pubs' and a bias towards women drinking alcohol in public.

Visited October 2013
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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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“Isolated, beautiful Roman history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2014

This was in the middle of nowhere in the Atlas mountains - a beautiful location. The Roman site is very well preserved. A good tour guide is essential to get the best out of these ruins.

Visited April 2014
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Bradford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Dougga”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2014

If you like ruins then this is an absolute must - a large site with streets, houses, theatres, baths and temples. The guide was knowledgeable and brought the town to life - a wonderful wonderful afternoon.

Visited March 2014
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