El Gouna resort in Egypt, photos and detailed description

El Gouna resort in Egypt

El Gouna is a unique city and resort in Egypt. Many cities were built for tourism from fishing villages, but El Gouna is a resort created by a single plan and one company. The city is located on small islands separated by canals, for which it is called the “Venice of Egypt.

Features of El Gouna resort for Russian tourists

Let’s start with the most important thing – the truth. Orascom Hotels and Development, which created the city, thought about tourists only secondarily. Their main business is selling real estate to wealthy Europeans.

One of the beaches of El Gouna

At the El Gouna resort everything is “confined” exactly to the sale of villas and houses, and it is felt. The main idea of PR and advertising of the resort is a maximum of pathos and glorification of the merits of this place.

As a result of the actions of advertising agents have a lot of myths about this place, and from the descriptions of the resort on the Internet, many are just sick. Let’s try to figure out what’s true and what’s fiction.

They write that El Gouna has its own airport, and it is indeed present. But do not think that you can fly here from Moscow. This airport does not take big planes. All tourists come to the airport of the neighboring Hurghada and then take a bus here.

The distance from Hurghada is 25 kilometers. It is not Marsa Alam, where tourists get 4 hours. One can say for sure that the resort of El Gouna is well located.

The city’s administration claims that it is the most environmentally friendly resort in Egypt. It uses a special system of sewage treatment and desalination of water. Of course, it’s nice, but what does it give to an ordinary tourist? In fact, it gives nothing. The sea is cleaner than in the resorts of Hurghada or Sharm el-Sheikh, it is undeniable. But there are places in Egypt where the situation is not worse – El-Qusair or Taba.

You have to pay for environmental friendliness, which is done by tourists. Prices for holidays in El Gouna are 25-50% higher than in Hurghada. The organizers of the resort praise architectural sophistication and the fact that many hotels are designed by famous architects from the U.S. and Europe. However, it is difficult for the average tourist to notice.

Islands connected by bridges

What tourists easily notice is the lack of most hotels’ own beaches. Of course, all hotels have a small line with canals, but it’s not a full-fledged sea beach.

Tourists have to go to the beach on electric cars and boats. The fare is free, which smooths out that negative a bit.

There is a golf club on the territory of El Gouna resort, which is quite popular among Europeans, but this kind of active rest does not attract Russians.

The staff of hotels in El Gouna rarely speaks Russian. The task of attracting Russian travelers has never been set here. The situation is similar in the stores, and it is difficult to buy something for a Russian.

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Another negative thing is almost complete absence of hotel green territory. If you want to walk in peace and quiet, it is difficult to do.

Also tourists complain about the lack of entertainment programs and animation. In fact, there is a lot of it, but the performances are “scattered” in different hotels. That is, every day there is a good show, but in different places. You have to look at the schedule and go somewhere every evening.


The pluses of the resort of El Gouna are its quiet and respectable people. The sea here is very clean – a paradise for diving enthusiasts.

The only serious plus for the Russians is a very cultural behavior of the local Arabs. Here the traders do not grab tourists by the hand, and beach workers do not offer women a massage and other forms of body contact. There is discipline. Perhaps this is the end of the pluses.

The cuisine in local hotels is no better than in popular resorts, the composition of dishes is similar. Of course, advertisements ringingly describe the variety of Egyptian cuisine at the El Gouna resort, but this advertising is far from reality. There is a small museum with copies of famous antiquities, but nothing particularly interesting in it.

There is a small aquarium, which does not impress anyone, a go-kart track, a paintball court, tennis courts and a stable. Prices for all entertainment are quite high.

All the stores, bars and restaurants are concentrated downtown in the Downtown area. It is good if your hotel is close to this area.

Hotels and Rates

There are a total of 19 hotels in the El Gouna resort, with about 3,000 rooms (as of 2021). That’s not much; there are two dozen separate hotels with even more rooms. Of the 19 hotels, only four are labeled as three-star, four are considered five-star, and the remaining 11 are four-star.

The most respectable hotel is considered to be Mevenpick Resort & Spa El Gouna, but it is not the most expensive in terms of price. The leader in terms of price tag is La Maison Bleue El Gouna. This is a small hotel with a rather expensive interior. However, except for the interior there is nothing to boast about.

What to do and where to go

A set of excursions is standard. A trip to Cairo to the Great Pyramids, an excursion to Alexandria. The distance from El Gouna to Cairo is 430 km (5 hours drive), to Alexandria 620 km (7 hours drive). In both cases, we do not recommend a one-day excursion, as it is too tiring. It is better to go for two days with an overnight stay.

Bus tours are organized from all the resorts of Egypt

The sights of Upper Egypt (in the south of the country) are also quite far away. Luxor is 320 kilometers away, Edfu is 420 kilometers away, Kom Ombo is 480 kilometers away, and Aswan is 520 kilometers away.

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Local activities are standard – diving, desert safari with a visit to a Bedouin village and a boat trip to one of the wild islands nearby. Also in El Gouna you can find all kinds of resort water activities – windsurfing, water-skiing and parachuting.

The only exclusive activities are soccer matches. The city of El Gouna has its own soccer team, playing in the Egyptian Premier League. Their home stadium holds up to 13,000 spectators, and it can hold all the tourists, all the hotel staff and all the locals at once, and there will still be room.

Looking at the modest size of the stadium, you might think that soccer in Egypt is unpopular and stadiums in the country are small. El Gouna stadium is the smallest among Premier League teams in Egypt. The largest arena is in Alexandria – Borg Elarab holds 86,000 spectators.

El Gouna soccer club

You can go see the match if it takes place when you visit El Gouna. Unfortunately, we don’t know of a good scheduling source to anticipate this moment.

Another attraction not found in other resorts in Egypt is the open free movie theater in the Downtown area. No movies in Russian are shown, and most Russians consider this attraction useless.

It is very strange that the architects of El Gouna resort did not provide for a water park. However, it is understandable, because their main task is to sell real estate to rich Europeans, and the water park is not needed for this. But they did make a water park, not a stationary one but inflatable in the sea. The water park is called Sliders Aqua Park El Gouna. However, it is not a big one and it does not take children for a long time. And it turns out that there is nothing interesting for children in El Gouna, and it’s sad.

To summarize

If you appreciate silence and tranquility, El Gouna is a good choice. If you categorically do not accept the insolent behavior of the Arabs, then this is the right place for you. In other cases, we will not recommend this resort.

Important tips

– El Gouna is an expensive resort. For gifts and souvenirs we recommend to go to Hurghada. What to buy, read the article “What to bring from Egypt;

– If you need: a local SIM for internet, cigarettes, imported alcohol, you should buy at the airport in Hurghada. Read more in our articles “Internet in Egypt”, “Alcohol in Egypt”, “Cigarettes and Smoking in Egypt;

– There have been no cases of sharks attacking tourists in El Gouna. And that’s great. But there have been at neighboring resorts, and more than one. Read more in our article “Sharks in Egypt.

Have a great vacation, and read our helpful articles about Egypt (links below).

Things to see and do in El Gouna

The Island of Zeitoun Beaches El Gouna Historical Museum El Gouna The “Tortoise House” Architectural Project “Breath of the Desert” Kafr El Gouna The El Gouna Aquarium The Bridge of Wishes

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This website contains a list of tourist attractions in El Gouna – photos, descriptions, and traveler tips. The list is based on popular travel guides and presented by type, name and rating. Here you can find answers on what to see in El Gouna, where to go, and where to stay in popular and interesting places in El Gouna.

Zeitoun Island

Zeitoun Island (photo)

Zeitoun Island is a tiny tourist island in the Red Sea and is one big beach. The island is located near the resort town of El Gouna and is very popular among vacationers.

Zeytuna is a great resort area that attracts many bathers and sunbathers. You can get to this island by boat – it is absolutely free for hotel guests. The island itself – it’s really a little paradise. There are sun beds, umbrellas, lots of bars and restaurants. Also available are all kinds of beach activities, including diving.

A local landmark of the island is the magnificent aquarium, which represents almost all species of fish that live in the Red Sea. There is no entrance fee to the aquarium, which is great. There are also many stores and souvenir stores on Zeitoun where you can buy some trinket to remember this magnificent place.

Coordinates: 27.51862400,33.94088700

The Beaches of El Gouna

The beaches of El Gouna (photo)

El Gouna is a gated, expensive town with luxurious clean, wide beaches and all kinds of other luxuries such as level hotels, an impressive golf course, countless kite, wind and surf schools, three yacht stations and a casino.

More about the beaches:

Zeytouna Beach. Lively, capable of surprising and inspiring, surrounded by the sea and lagoons, the 400-meter pier extends into the sea, providing access to deeper waters and coral reefs on the charge. Ah, yes, also total comfort, sunshine and serenity.

Mangroovy Beach. The best place on the Red Sea for kite surfing. If that doesn’t tell you anything, you can do more familiar things: lying on the beach, dissolving in the blue sky and bright sun, playing volleyball or soccer, you can go windsurfing or diving, take unforgettable photos or do nothing at all.

It’s not the whole list of relaxing spots but it’s enough to see the beauty of El Gouna’s beaches.

Coordinates: 27.40042300,33.67996200

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Historical Museum of El Gouna

Historical Museum of El Gouna (photo)

The El Gouna Historical Museum is one of the most famous tourist attractions in the resort of El Gouna. The museum features a vast collection of various historical relics and artifacts.

The El Gouna Museum was founded in 1996 and for more than fifteen years it has been introducing visitors to Egypt’s fascinating history from the earliest times to the present. Tours there are accompanied by music – most often classical music, as well as a variety of ethnic melodies, which give the museum extra flavor.

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Also in the building of the Historical Museum is an aquarium, where you can get acquainted with the many inhabitants of the Red Sea. Some aquariums use special lighting, allowing you to see the glimmering corals at night. There is a charge for admission but the magnificent exhibits and the beautiful aquarium are definitely worth seeing.

Coordinates: 27.39644400,33.67748600

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Guest House “Tortoise House”

Tortoise House

Situated in the Egyptian city of El Gouna, on the Red Sea coast, the Tortoise House Guest House is an unusual art object that many tourists seek to see. It was built near the golf course and is surrounded by a picturesque lagoon.

The author of the project of this unusual house, which got its name because of the similarity of its shape to the turtle, was the German architect Josef Kurt Fölzke. The architecture of the “Tortoise House” represents a mixture of the traditional style of Egyptian buildings made of stone and elements of architectural

The main goal of the architect, who was inspired by the sea and the shades of ochre, was to create a house that would reflect the connection of all natural elements.

“The Turtle House” was built in seven months and now houses a guest house dominated by natural stones and panels of decorative mosaics. Everyone can stay here. Guest house welcomes tourists from October to April.

Coordinates: 27.39293300,33.67913000

Architectural project “Breath of the desert”.

The Breath of the Desert is a unique architectural project and the most famous piece of modern art. “Desert Breath” is an abstract structure in the form of two logarithmic spirals located in the middle of the Egyptian desert near the city of El Gouna.

“Desert Breath” was created in 1997 under the direction of a group of three artists. This object of art covers an area of more than 100 thousand square meters and consists of 178 cones of different sizes. Half of all the cones are concave, the other half are convex. Both groups form two converging spirals that meet in a conventional center.

Desert Breath looks most spectacular from the air, because from the ground it is impossible to enjoy the perfect geometric precision of this structure and realize its scale. Nevertheless, there are always many people who want to see this strange work of modern art up close.

Coordinates: 27.38045600,33.63211200

Kafr El Ghouna Island

Kafr El Gouna island (photo)

Kafr El Ghouna is the central island of a small man-made archipelago established off the coast of the Red Sea. The archipelago is home to the town of El Gouna, one of Egypt’s most elite and prestigious resorts.

Kafr Island is the real heart of El Gouna, and in addition, it is the most beautiful and picturesque of all the islands of the archipelago. The island is built very thoughtfully, and its architecture is made in the traditional Egyptian style – with long straight alleys, domed arches and courtyards at each building. There are no high-rise buildings on the island, and the walls of houses are painted in soft pastel colors.

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Also on the island is the concentration of all the day and night life of the resort, this place never sleeps. During the day there are stores and malls, restaurants and cinemas, a variety of museums and exhibitions. And at night there are numerous nightclubs, bars and open-air discos.

Coordinates: 27.39686000,33.67752700

El Gouna Aquarium

Aquarium of El Gouna (photo)

The Egyptian resort of El Gouna is one of the places on the Red Sea coast where there is an aquarium. It is small in size. But the local collection reliably and in detail introduces the underwater inhabitants of the local water area. And there is a lot to see.

The animal world of the Red Sea is extremely diverse and picturesque. Of course, seahorses, angel fish or rooster fish placed in the aquarium do not make quite the same impression as when you observe them in the open sea. But overall, the aquarium satisfies curiosity and exploratory interest.

In addition to fish there are crocodiles, turtles and corals. And a local guide can tell you in Russian many interesting things about the life of sea creatures.

Coordinates: 27.37542600,33.63934700

Bridge of Wishes Fulfillment

Bridge of wishes fulfillment (photo)

El Gouna is a beautiful tourist resort by the Red Sea coast whose construction did not begin until 1991 when the first villas were built. Soon a plan for the development of the town was drawn up. A cozy resort appeared on the place of the former desert. In this wonderful place everyone can find something to their liking.

Here is a unique of its kind building – the Bridge of Wishes. Two huge arches of the structure is actively used for the passage of tourist boats, so bathing in this place is prohibited.

In the evening, the attraction, like a magnet, attracts many couples in love, as well as just people who believe in miracles. Bridge of Wishes is a great place for dreams and recognition of your feelings. For the most cherished wish to come true it is necessary to concentrate, imagine what you want, and then touch the bridge! Remember, miracles happen to those who believe in them!

Coordinates: 27.39388800,33.67131100

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