El Gouna is very stylish, with its marina lined with bars, restaurants and cafes and hosting a weekly party, with traditional street shows and excellent dining. Crossing little bridges over dugout turquoise lagoons, you'll soon see why it was nicknamed the Venice of the Red Sea Riviera. It has a real "up-market" feel.
Take a moment to find out just why El Gouna is fast becoming regarded as the Red Sea's premier diving, snorkelling and beach resort...
Recently named the "most environmentally friendly resort in Egypt" and already popular with the Egyptian jetset, El Gouna is built on a series of islands linked by bridges and canals El Gouna lies 15 miles to the north of Hurghada. It has been carefully constructed to complement the setting of desert, mountain and Red Sea.
It has been developed in a modern Arabesque style with pastel coloured buildings and has been carefully planned to offer everything needed for the perfect holiday including a selection of excellent hotels, an 18-hole championship golf course, an open air cinema and an aquarium plus superb watersports facilities. The resort is also great for family holidays with several hotels offering connecting rooms and excellent childrens facilities.
Two marinas and a pristine harbour combine with the peaceful, secluded and immaculately maintained beaches surrounding El Gouna.
The Abu Tig Marina has an abundance of wonderful restaurants, bars and pubs offering a wide range of international and traditional dining options, as well as exclusive shopping.
If your looking for an ideal family destination then El Gouna will meet all your requirements. Excellent hotels with great childrens facilities and several with those all-important connecting rooms. Wonderful beaches where your children can play safely and enjoy all sorts of waterside activities. El Gouna will provide you with a family holiday you will never forget.
Edged by miles of beaches and azure lagoons, El Gouna attracts watersports enthusiasts by the score. As well as snorkelling and diving you can go fishing and sailing, or try out one of the many other water sports El Gouna has on offer including kitesurfing, windsurfing and water-skiing.
Diving and Snorkelling:
Catering for all levels of abilities, the area surrounding El Gouna boasts over 40 dive sites that can easily be reached within one to two hours on the many dive boats. With spectacular, sheltered coral reefs ideal for learning to dive, wonderful drift and wall dives, complete wrecks waiting to be explored, and even a chance to encounter dolphins and turtles, this is a fabulous base for discovering the Red Sea. Some excellent wreck diving can be found including the ship graveyard of Sha'ab Abu Nuhas in the Straits of Gubal, plus the legendary wreck of World War II supply ship, Thistlegorm.
"Year Round Golf"
El Gouna's 18-hole championship course boasts year-round golfing in a setting of stunning views, mountains and endless water. The course challenges the strength, ingenuity, and skill of novice and professional alike.
Gene Bates and Fred Couples designed El Gouna's course with every level of golfer in mind, from the beginner looking to try out the game for the first time to the advanced golfer playing the tournament circuit. The course boasts three different men's and ladies' tees, carefully placed bunkers, lagoons, and desert rough, all designed to challenge the individual at his or her own level.
El Gouna Sights:
The surrounding area of El Gouna offers a variety of excursions including snorkelling trips to Giftun and Gobal Islands, famous for their seagrass beds and mangroves and the national park at Mahmeya Island, boasting one of the best beaches on the Red Sea.
A "Supper Safari" involves taking a four wheel drive vehicle into the desert before changing to four-legged transport. Dinner is served under a star-lit desert sky with telescopes available to take a much closer look at the night sky.
Further afield you can experience more of Egypt's historical, archaeological and cultural treasures with a day trip (by air) to Cairo. One of the greatest capitals in the world and home to nearly 20 million people, a visit to Cairo includes all the city's most dramatic landmarks, the Pyramids and the Sphinx, The Mosque of Muhammad Ali and the Egyptian Museum.
El Gouna really is a destination for all seasons...