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El Gouna

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Our Editorial team's advice

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.

To see

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

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 !

pros

  • +  Few boats (5) cross Lake Nasser
  • +  A rich cultural heritage

cons

  • -  Many crowds at temples in high season

To think about

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.

To try

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 ...

To bring back

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 ...

Weather El Gouna

These indicators are used as a set of criteria to predict overall weather conditions in El Gouna . The different indicators are there to help you prepare for your trip to El Gouna so you can make plans based on the weather forecast, whether it be a trip to the beach, walking, visiting attractions and museums or winter sports... Here you'll find a precise, overall weather score for each week in El Gouna , which takes into account temperature indicators, bad weather predictions, sunshine levels and wind speeds.

Weather September
Overall rating 88/100
  • Temperature indicators 74% Very hot

    The maximum temperature is <24°, temperature felt between 33°C and 36°C.

  • Bad weather indicators 100% Dry / Optimal

    Little or no rain (less than 1.5mm per day).

  • Sunbathing indicators 98% Sunny / Optimal

    Sunny (over 80% sunshine).

  • Swimming indicators 96% Very pleasant / Optimal

    High air temperature (>24°C), high sea temperature (>24°C), light to moderate winds (between 7 mph and 12 mph).

  • Wind indicators 94% Light breeze / Optimal

    Optimal comfort: optimal wind speed (between 7 mph and 12 mph) in a warm environment (>24°C).

  • Humidity indicators 90% Comfortable

    Feeling of comfort due to ideal humidity levels.

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