El Gouna holidays

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.

Things to do

The resort’s sun-drenched waterfront has a hive of activity during the day. Pick your perfect spot on the picture-perfect beach and sunbathe on the white sand, before taking a dip in the turquoise water. If you’re eager to explore the Red Sea further, why not book a diving excursion and take a closer look? For golf lovers, there’s the 18-hole golf course, set against magnificent coastal scenery.

Memorable adventures are plentiful, too, including deserts safaris on quadbikes and jeeps. Head for the harbour to enjoy a fresh fish dish and all kinds of local specialties. You’ll also find stylish shops in this part of town. El Gouna holidays are ideal for kids too, with mini golf, go-karting and boat trips going on all year. 

 

Excellent beaches

There are a number of lovely beaches to spend time relaxing on sun loungers in the hot, Egyptian sun. Most beaches have white, soft sand that shelves gently into the stunning turquoise waters. The beach has a backdrop of fragrant shrubbery, adding a splash of colour to the desert landscape. If you want to relax in an upbeat atmosphere, head over to Mangroovy Beach. The sandy shores have a vast array of water sports available for you to try and it’s said to be the best location in the country for kite surfing and diving. All beaches have great amenities with shops, restaurants and cafés for a break out of the sunshine.

History and culture

The relatively new build was brought to life in the 1990s to ensure holidaymakers have everything they may need in one neatly placed paradise. The small town is home to over 22,000 residents and is spread across islands around cool lagoons. You’re able to explore Egypt’s historic wonders and archaeological treasures with the ancient temples of Luxor and Aswan within easy enough reach. Conveniently located 25 kilometres north of Hurghada, the airport is also easy accessible.

Vibrant nightlife

The picturesque resort is made up of All Inclusive complexes so you wont have to travel far as the majority of the nightlife is focused in the hotels. Enjoy a cocktail whilst sitting outside under the stars after dining in one of the restaurants and sampling traditional cuisines. You may find that the evening entertainment consists of live music, cabaret or dance shows, which can be enjoyed no matter what your age.

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Map of El Gouna

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15-30 ℃

Weather stays warm throughout the year with highs of 33 (°C) in summer.

5 hours

Hurghada International Airport (HRG).

El Gouna is best for...

Beach lovers: This is one of Egypt’s finest beach destinations, with glorious sandy shores for laid-back sunbathing and adventurous water sports alike.

Families: Take your pick from multiple child-friendly hotels and activities during your El Gouna holiday, from sports to glass-bottom boat trips.

Golfers: With its own 18-hole championship golf course, you can spend all day on the manicured greens before heading for an evening tipple on the seafront.

Fast facts for El Gouna

Language: The language spoken is Arabic.

Currency: The currency used in El Gouna is the Egyptian pound.

Local time: El Gouna is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Hurghada International Airport. The transfer time to El Gouna is around 30 minutes. 

Flight time from UK: The flight time to El Gouna is 5.5 hours.

Tourist Information: Further tourist information can be found at https://www.egypt.travel/en/about-egypt.

Visa / Health: Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/egypt for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday.

 

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Getting around El Gouna

By taxi: You’ll have no trouble getting a taxi in the resort; they’re readily available and ideal for airport transfers and day trips. They generally operate on a fixed rate basis, so it’s a sensible idea to check the fare before you hop in. 

By shuttle bus: A network of small shuttle buses serves the resort; it’s a simple and affordable way to get around. Many hotels also offer a service to the marina and beach. 

By tok tok: You’ll see these little three-wheel taxis running all over the place. They’re cheap and quick way of getting around the resort and to the beach. You’ll find a tok tok station at the marina.

Events in El Gouna

Sandbox Festival: Held every year in May, the Sandbox Festival is a two-day celebration of electronic music. Expect open-air partying against the beautiful backdrop of this stunning resort, featuring DJs and live performers from Egypt and beyond. 

Street festival: From April to November, El Gouna hosts the Marina Street Festival every Friday night, filling Abu Tig Marina with music, entertainment and plenty of food and drink. Most local hotels provide free shuttle service down to the marina.

El Gouna weather

Temperature: 15-30 (°C)

If you’re hoping to top up your tan, peak summer is the perfect time for holidays to El Gouna. From May to September, you can expect 300 hours of sunshine on average and blue skies every day. High 20s and low 30s are possible even as late as September. Temperatures tend to cool in autumn and winter, to more comfortable highs in the mid-teens and low 20s.

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