by Thomas Buechler - 10 months, 4 weeks ago
Setif is a good headquarter from where to explore the Roman ruins of Djemila, the antique Roman settlement of Cuicul as it was then called. Select a trustworthy driver and start, half a day is enough for the 35km distance. For the very first time I had to register with the local police at the entrance gate, I found it a little exagerated, but locals always say that it's for security reasons. Djemila in spring time is unbelievable beautiful. It is the symbiosis of the flowers with the ruins that was so unique. I was told that April/May is the best season to come here. But I can also feel the Sahara dust in the air. Besides of the Basilica, the Arc and various Temples, there are Baths and a very interesting museum with famous mosaic tiles like the Toilet of Venus. It's by far the best museum I have seen in Algeria. On the way back to Setif the police insists of an escort out of Djemila.