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El Gouna

El Gouna, Egypt
Region: Egypt
Created: Dec 21, 2009, modified: Jan 13, 2012, overall rating: 1.833

Nestled between sienna mountains and azure waters, El Gouna is one of the Red Sea's most sought after destinations. Internationally recognized as Egypt's most environmentally friendly destination, El Gouna is the only fully integrated resort town on the Red Sea Riviera coast.

The Resort

Built along 10 kilometres of beachfront and spreading across a myriad of islands interlinked by beautiful lagoons, the resort is marked by its distinctive architectural charm. The resort is a luxury leisure destination offering 14 hotels, an 18-hole USPGA golf course, 10 diving centres, sailing marina, hospital, international school, casino, brewery and a private radio and TV station.


The El Gouna dream started with a single man in search of the best spot on the Red Sea to build his house and a jetty for his boat. From there the resort developed into 19 million square meters of land along 10 kms of fine sandy beaches. In 1991, the first hotel opened its doors. The airport was built in 1997 and Abu Tig Marina followed in 1999.


Only 22 kilometres north of the Hurghada International Airport, El Gouna is just a short flight from Europe's major capital cities. Perfectly situated along the dramatic Red Sea coastline, El Gouna offers good access to Egypt's world-famous historical treasures and natural wonders.

The Town
Services and activities are centred around the immaculate downtown village and the marina harbour town. Both allow easy access to the numerous amenities El Gouna has to offer; great shopping, health treatments, an unbelievable selection of restaurants, fabulous sailing boats, immaculate beaches and fantastic hotels.

Airport Access

•  Direct access from the local El Gouna Airport
•  22 km/13.7 miles from Hurghada international Airport (20 minutes by car).
• 450 km /280 miles from Cairo International Airport (4.5 | hours by car or by domestic flight to Hurghada or El Gouna's  private airport).


Offering a total of 2,622 guest rooms, El Gouna's 14 hotels range from comfortable intimate inns to lavish 5-star luxury beachfront resorts. Each one has been uniquely designed and equipped to offer exceptional service and accommodation catering to all tastes, needs and budgets.

Hotels in El Gouna:

3 Stars - 4 Hotels (254 rooms

4 Stars - 7 Hotels ( 1256 rooms)

5 Stars - 3 Hotels (1112 rooms)

: 14 Hotels (2622 rooms)

See the Accommodation section of this guide for additional information on El Gouna hotels.


Comprising of islands, lagoons and secluded sandy beaches, El Gouna is a leisure paradise where you can spend all of your holiday on the beach and never lounge in the same place twice! You can have refreshments delivered to your sun-lounger, or pack provisions to head off for your own private party at one of the deserted islands; you will not be disappointed!


El Gouna has been officially recognized as Egypt's most environmentally friendly holiday destination. Awarded four out of eight Green Globe certificates, El Gouna has worked hard to maintain, protect, and preserve its unique environment, in cooperation with local hotels, businesses, residents and visitors.


El Gouna is well known for its warm climate, where the days are always bright and sunny with mild sea breezes. Temperatures do however vary throughout the year, especially during the different seasons.

Month Air Sea
Januare 21 22
February 21 21
March 23 22
April 26 23
May 30 26
June 32 29
July 33 29
August 33 30
September 31 29
October 29 26
November 26 25
December 22 24


El Gouna is one of the only destinations which serves as both a vacation resort and as a well established community, fully equipped for the needs of its members. No matter what your interests are, El Gouna is sure to offer facilities and a network of people to provide a satisfying experience.

What makes El Gouna truly unique is its eclectic and sophisticated international flavour. Over 3,000 European and Egyptian families have already bought properties here and the town's population includes over 10,000 permanent residents from all over the world.


International School

Established and opened in 1998, the El Gouna International School (EGIS) is a co-educational facility for the Egyptian and International families living in the Red Sea area. The school operates using two curriculums (Egyptian and British). The International School shares its premises with the Language School, which provides a full Egyptian curriculum with an emphasis on higher level English.

Located Downtown, the school's faculty consists of over 30 teachers and assistants originally from the UK, Australia, Germany, France, Estonia, Poland, India and Egypt. During Spring 2006, the student body comprised of 160 children aged between the ages of 4-18, representing roughly 20 different nationalities.

Nationalities    %
British    -   34
Egyptian  -  31
Italian    -   12
German  -     9
Belgian   -     5
Others     -    9

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