Dougga (Route du Kef, GP5 Teboursouk, Dougga) — the archaeological site of Thugga/Dougga is located in the North-west region of Tunisia (1 ½ hours west of Tunis via car), perched on the summit of a hill at an altitude of 571 m, dominating the fertile valley of Oued Khalled. Before the Roman annexation of (the ancient Berber kingdom of) Numidia, Thugga had existed for more than six centuries and was, probably, the first capital of the Numidian kingdom. It flourished under Roman rule but declined during the Byzantine and Islamic periods. The impressive ruins which are visible today give an idea of the resources of a Romanized Numidian town.
The archaeological site covers an area of approximately 75 ha. These ruins of a complete city with all its components are a testimony to more than 17 centuries of history. They are an outstanding example illustrating the synthesis between different cultures: Numidian, Punic, Hellenistic, and Roman. The Roman monuments were integrated within the urban fabric, essentially Numidian. Despite its relative unimportance in the administrative structure of the Roman province of Africa, Dougga possesses a remarkable group of public buildings, dating for the most part from the 2nd and 3rd centuries A.D. Dougga is considered the best preserved example of an Africo-Roman town in North Africa. As such, it is an exceptional illustration of what daily life was like in antiquity. Nowadays, this is a popular destination for tour groups who sign on for excursions of Tunisia’s ancient Roman sites. Admission: 7 Dt. 8:30 am – 5:00 pm (9/16 – 6/16), 8:00 am – 7:00 pm (7/18 – 9/15), 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (6/17 – 7/17).