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El Gouna

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  • El Gouna is a seaside resort stretching 5 mi² created from scratch less than ten years ago by one of the largest fortunes in Egypt, Onsi Sawiris. Built along the Gulf of Suez, on the east coast of the Arabian desert, it owes its name to the lagoons ( "gouna" in Egyptian) artificially dug in its soil, long arm of the sea interfering in drylands. Different architects have given much care to its construction, ...
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Amy Adejokun
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El Gouna is a seaside resort stretching 5 mi² created from scratch less than ten years ago by one of the largest fortunes in Egypt, Onsi Sawiris. Built along the Gulf of Suez, on the east coast of the Arabian desert, it owes its name to the lagoons ( "gouna" in Egyptian) artificially dug in its soil, long arm of the sea interfering in drylands. Different architects have given much care to its construction, while especially respecting the environment. All hotels in the resort are owned by Onsi Sawiris. They are therefore not in competition and provide easy access to services. The clientele of each can benefit from all of the others' the facilities, under the same conditions for everyone.
Boats and buses serve several hotels in the resort at a regular frequency. A service of coaches goes to Hurghada, 21 miles in the south. This is where you will land pending the opening of an international airport in El Gouna.

El Gouna: what to do?

The discovery of an oasis, a camel ride or even a 4X4 trip in the Arabian desert, a day of scuba diving. For example, do not miss exploring the beds of the nearby Strait islands of Gubal and in particular those of Great Shadwan, populated by many wrecks that are among the most famous in the Red Sea. Windsurfing, kite surfing and other water sports are clearly practiced as much as possible ... But turn your attention to kiting when there is a lot of wind ... Avoid doing it in these conditions if its your first try !

El Gouna will amaze you with its underater seabeds, the most famous in the world. Advice for lovers of snorkeling and devoted divers !

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El Gouna: the key figures

Surface area : 387048.0 km2

Population : 82000000 inhabitants

  • Few boats (5) cross Lake Nasser
  • A rich cultural heritage
  • Many crowds at temples in high season

Reminders

Don't forget to buy an under-water camera. The fauna and flora are magnificent in this part of the world.

To avoid

Avoid staying in this resort during winter : it is windy and it is quite cold. The General Direction for Public Health recommends that travelers avoid contact with poultry and birds, and not to visit farms or poultry markets. Follow general recommendations for hygiene when travelling in developing countries, which aim to protect you from microbial infections: avoid consuming raw or poorly cooked food, especially meat and eggs : avoid consuming raw or poorly cooked food, especially meat and eggs ; regularly your wash hands with soap and water or a hydro-alcoholic solution.

El Gouna: what to eat?

You should taste the mezes (tasty sauces for dipping bread), "foul" (mashed beans seasoned with lemon juice, herbs and olive oil), hoummous (cold mashed chickpeas with oil sesame paste, stuffed vine leaves, grilled meat, stuffed vegetables, stuffed lamb, fritter leaves, watermelon, dates, baklawas, dried apricots ... As for the drinks, you can enjoy the karkadé, Egyptian wine or tea with mint ...

El Gouna: what to buy?

You can buy djellabas, tunics, embroidered cotton shirts (cotton is very cheap), oriental dancing costumes with paillettes, papyrus, Turkish slippers, Bedouin jewelry, boxes encrusted with pearls, sandals, glass and ceramic ware, copperware, perfume bottles, Egyptian music CDs and spices, ashtrays made of alabaster ...

El Gouna Reviewedhotels
  • 8.35 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Movenpick Resort and Spa El Gouna
    Hotel Hotel 5 Etoile(s)

    Facing the Red Sea, the Mövenpick El Gouna is an upscale hotel ...

  • 8.15 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Sheraton Miramar
    El Gouna - Egypt
    Hotel Hotel 5 Etoile(s)

    Some three hundred feet from El Gouna downtown, the romantic ...

  • 7.6 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Three Corners Rihana Resort
    El Gouna - Egypt
    Hotel Hotel 4 Etoile(s)

    The Rihana Resort, the main hotel of the Three Corners complex, ...

  • 7.45 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Sultan Bey
    El Gouna - Egypt
    Hotel Hotel 4 Etoile(s)

    Facing the lagoon, in the downtown area of El Gouna, the Sultan ...

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