Holidays in El Gouna
Spread around a turquoise lagoon on the Red Sea, El Gouna lies in one of the most picturesque locations on the Riviera. Hurghada’s deluxe neighbour, El Gouna is a modern and self-contained seaside resort with luxury hotels, a championship golf course and white-sand beaches. It’s also one of Egypt’s premier diving and snorkelling locations, with fantastic excursion opportunities and plenty of fun sports and beach activities for kids.
Enjoy warm weather throughout the year with highs of 33 (°C) in summer.
Hurghada International Airport (HRG).
Experience the white beaches and crystal clear depths of the Red Sea, camel rides in the desert and warm evenings in the harbour when you book a Thomas Cook holiday to El Gouna.
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El Gouna’s sun-drenched waterfront has a buzz of activity during the day. Choose your spot on the golden sand beaches for relaxation, water sports or snorkelling, and if you’re keen on exploring the Red Sea, book a diving excursion to see the mesmerising seascapes for yourself. For enthusiastic golfers, El Gouna’s own 18-hole golf course is the ideal place to spend your days. Desert safaris are incredible adventures, and you can explore by quad bike or camelback. The bustling harbours provide everything you’ll need in the way of restaurants, shopping and nightlife, plus lots of fun activities for kids like mini golf, go-karting and horse riding.
El Gouna has a choice of beaches to spend the sunny days on, each with silky, golden sand and a backdrop of fragrant mangroves. Stretch out on a lounger and enjoy some peace and quiet on the chilled-out Buzzha Beach, or get stuck into the water sports at Mangroovy Beach, known for being the best place in El Gouna – and some argue, the country – for kite surfing. With its Red Sea location, El Gouna is naturally a diver’s paradise. There are diving schools catering to all ability levels that can whisk you off on excursions to explore the reefs and marine life, as well as snorkelling and junior diving for kids.
El Gouna has its own championship golf course, with 18 holes set in beautifully landscaped coastal scenery. The course has a driving range and top-class facilities, catering to the pros as well as novice golfers. The resort’s smart marinas are the place to go in El Gouna for shopping and nightlife. Browse the chic boutiques, bustling bazaars and local arts and crafts shops to find a unique gift to bring home, then stop for lunch or a drink in the harbour. In the evenings, there are even a number of upbeat bars and nightclubs open until late.
If you’re up for an adventure, there are lots of activities in El Gouna that make the most of the beautiful landscapes. Plan an excursion to the desert where you can take a trip on quad bikes, ride a camel and stop at a real Bedouin camp. Sailing is another El Gouna must – the Red Sea looks particularly beautiful from a catamaran or glass-bottom boat, and you can even charter a fishing boat. If you’re away with kids, there’s loads of fun stuff to keep them busy. Play a family game of mini golf at the harbour, have a race on the go-karting track or take a horseback ride along the beach.
Beach lovers: El Gouna is one of Egypt’s finest beach destinations, with multiple beaches providing water sports or tranquil sunbathing.
Families: Perfect for families, El Gouna has lots of child-friendly hotels and activities, from sports to glass-bottom boat trips.
Golfers: With its own 18-hole golf course, El Gouna is the ideal place to spend all day on the green and relaxed nights on the seafront.
Language: The language spoken in El Gouna is Arabic
Currency: The currency used in El Gouna is the Egyptian pound
Local time: El Gouna is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Hurghada International Airport (HRG).
Flight time from UK: Approximately 5 hours
Tourist Information: Further El Gouna tourist information can be found at http://en.egypt.travel/city/index/el-gouna
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/egypt for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to El Gouna
Temperature: 15-30 (°C)
Long, warm days with plenty of sunshine is the standard in El Gouna. Temperatures rarely drop below 15 (°C) even in the peak of winter, and it stays dry throughout most of the year. Summer often begins as early as April, with temperatures hovering in the high-20s to low-30s through September. For slightly cooler weather, come in the autumn or winter, when you can enjoy more comfortable highs in the mid-teens to low 20s.
By taxi: Taxis are readily available in El Gouna, and are a good option for day trips, longer journeys and airport transfers. They generally operate on a fixed rate basis, so it’s a good idea to check the fare before you set off.
By shuttle bus: El Gouna is served by a network of small shuttle buses that are an affordable option for getting around. Many hotels provide shuttle buses to the marina and beach.
By tok tok: Tok toks are little three-wheel taxis that operate all over El Gouna. They are a cheap and quick way of getting around the resort and to the beach. There is a tok tok station at the marina.
Sphinx festival: In December, El Gouna hosts the traditional Sphinx Festival. One of the resort’s biggest events, the festival features five days of performances, exhibitions and workshops on Egypt’s customs, music and artistic traditions.
Street festival: Throughout the summer, El Gouna hosts the Marina Street Festival every Friday night. The festival features live music and entertainment as well as plenty and food and drink. Most local hotels provide free shuttle to the marina to enjoy the festivities and party atmosphere.