A TOWN LIKE NO OTHER
THE PARADISE OUT OF DESERT
El Gouna had started as one man’s search to find the most beautiful spot on the seaside to build a house and small boat jetty.
Twenty five years ago Samih Sawiris, chairman of Orascom Development, El Gouna’s parent company, found that beautiful spot, conveniently located just north of Hurghada on the west coast of the Red Sea. It wasn’t long before Sawiris’ friends, struck by the splendor of the azure waters and dramatic backdrop of mountains, asked to join him, and the town slowly blossomed into the vibrant community that it is today.
If you thought you would find the best beaches in the world on a Caribbean island or somewhere in the far east, then you haven't see Egypt's beaches yet. With the Red Sea extending for the length of the whole eastern border of the country, you have lots of options for the ultimate vacation in one of the best Seas in the world. El Gouna always makes the top of my list, and you know why that is?
Just a couple of hours from Europe's major airports, El Gouna resort was able to earn the Global Human Settlements Award for being a Global Green Town in 2014 among other prizes. They scattered their homes and hotels across islands and lagoons to make it the perfect destination for everybody. For luxury seekers, you have a handful of five star choices to have enjoy the perfect holiday and perhaps you will find yourself a new hobby in its world class golf clubs.
On the contrary if you're a backpacker or looking for a new summer break destination, you will still be able to enjoy every bit of it, as the town also holds small three star hotels with rooms as low as $30 per night that allow you to enjoy its busy nightclubs and sandy beaches.
So what can you do in Gouna?
# Chill by the beach
That's my favorite part. Whether you have booked yourself a hotel or got an apartment, you will be able to work on your tan under the forever shining sun. Most hotels have their own private beaches, and if they don't you can still access the beaches for a small fee. Additionally, beaches in Gouna provide different activities for the whole family, including kayaks, banana boats, jet skis, parasailing and pedalos.
# Golf At El Gouna
Both of El Gouna's 18-hole championship courses boast year round golfing in settings where players can feast their eyes on stunning mountains and endless sea views.
Carefully placed bunkers, lagoons, and desert rough, the course is designed with every level of golfer in mind, from the beginner to the advanced golfer playing the tournament circuit.
The spacious beaches and fast winds make Gouna a home for many kite surfers in Egypt as well as world champions. You can stay here for many days to explore the beauty of kite Surfing in any of its professional centers.
Sliders is one of the world's largest cable parks. Sliders Cable Park El Gouna is the newest addition to El Gouna’s watersport scene. The first one built in Egypt, Sliders Cable Park is one of the world’s largest wake parks.
The heated pools and calm reefs of El Gouna are the perfect place for beginners to hone their skills. While experienced divers drawn to the region to explore those same sites will find that El Gouna’s diving centres have plenty to offer them.
Dive centres offer a complete range of diving education, including PADI diving certification, from beginner to professional level.
Diving in El Gouna can be a family affair. Diving programs and courses tailored for kids are available at all diving centres, including PADI Bubble Maker, Discover Scuba Diving, Junior Scuba Diving, and a Junior Open Water Diving and Snorkeling courses.
Boats, rods and equipment available for charter from the Abydos Marina.
Most diving centers offer snorkeling, as do boat charter services.
# Glass-Bottom Boat
Explore a world of color with the Sports and Fun Aqua centers operating at Mangroovy Beach, the Steigenberger, and Rihana resorts.
The Sports and Fun Aqua centers offer a host of windsurfing courses and other aqua sport activities. The centers operate from Mangroovy Beach, the Steigenberger, and Rihana resorts.
# Water-ski & Wakeboarding
Sharmania offers beginner courses for wakeboarding, waterskiing, wake-skating, wake-surfing as well as single sessions in all disciplines. With up-to-date boats and equipment you are sure to wake-board or water-ski in one session. For the more experienced riders, pro coaches are available to take you to new heights.
# LAND SPORTS
Sport in El Gouna isn’t limited to what can be played on water. You can spend the day biking, horseback riding, or playing whichever other land sport tickles your fancy.
Adventurous residents and guests can embark upon any excursion from El Gouna.
Try a lavish or casual boat trip to one or more of the islands surrounding El Gouna, or venture into the Eastern Desert for a visit to the nearby Bedouin village, star-watching or a tour of a desert monastery.
# FAMILY FUN
The wide range of activities and services available for children is evidence of the community’s commitment to the happiness of its youngest residents and visitors.
Some activities are designed for the whole family’s participation, while other services provide a safe environment where kids can have fun under professional supervision.
# UNIQUE DINING PRIVILEGES
Your palate will not suffer during your time in El Gouna — quite the opposite!
El Gouna is home to a stunning variety and excellent quality of cuisine, with over 100 different dining outlets to choose from ranging from fine cuisine to casual dining as well as a variety of cafes and coffee shops.
# ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS
Enjoy your stay in El Gouna with a full entertainment program.