El Gouna Travel Guide
Overview The elite holiday resort of El Gouna, also known as the 'Venice
of the Red Sea', is 14 miles (23km) north of Hurghada International
Airport and is nestled between the mountains and the shores of the
Red Sea. The resort stretches along six miles (10km) of coastline
and spreads onto several small nearby islands.
Linked by lagoons, this luxurious resort has an air of fantasy
about it. El Gouna is not only an exquisite holiday resort but also
a residential area with a vast range of villas, designed by
world-renowned architects, all boasting breath-taking views of the
sea and the surrounding mountains. Its infrastructure caters to an
active, yet relaxed and friendly lifestyle.
El Gouna © Marc Ryckaert
Shopping El Gouna has a wide variety of shopping for those on holiday to
enjoy, ranging from typical Egyptian souvenirs, antiques and art to
exotic oriental furniture and hand-made Turkish lamps. There is
also a selection of chic shops for clothing and furniture. Along
the marina boardwalk there are international brands and boutiques
offering a taste of Europe.
Restaurants El Gouna has two prominent tourist districts, namely Kafr El
Gouna and Abu Tig Marina, as well as many prominent hotel chains,
all offering a wide variety of some of the world's finest cuisines,
from Indian to Thai, French, Belgian, Chinese, German, Italian and
much more. Not all local restaurants serve alcohol, but the food is
excellent. El Gouna offers everything from relaxed marina-side
bistros, seafood buffets and poolside eateries to five-star
Nightlife Holidaymakers will find that El Gouna's nightlife is pulsing
with variety and entertainment. The two main hubs of Kafr el Gouna
and Abu Tig Marina offer the trendiest bars, alongside cosy pubs,
billiard bars, beach bars, karaoke cafes, and the infamous open-air
disco. There are often live concerts and social events, including
Barbeque Beach parties.
Activities For scuba divers on holiday, El Gouna boasts some of the best
reefs, walls and wrecks in the Red Sea. It is also the perfect
place to snorkel, with its sandy shallow beaches and the scattered
coral heads hosting some exquisite marine life. In addition, there
is sailing, water-skiing, kitesurfing, canoeing, banana rides,
catamarans, pedal boats, horse riding and go-karting, as well as a
USPGA-standard 18-hole golf course. Hotels also organise daytrips
into the desert, quad bike adventures and archaeological
sightseeing in the surrounding area.
Negatives The beach is far from the resort and can only be reached by a
bus ride or a ferry trip across the lagoon. These transport
services luckily run very regularly though.