El Gouna shows us a different side to Egypt. Framed by palms and huddled along the shores of the Red Sea, it's known for its lagoons, bright coral reefs and sandy beaches. Any given day can see you diving with dolphins in the clear blue lagoons or sweeping through the sand dunes on a desert safari. A bustling gastronomic scene provides plenty of indigenous restaurants and more modern eateries, while the marina is dotted with bars and shopping options.
No visit to El Gouna is complete without exploring its thriving underwater world. Jump aboard our preferred partners boat and explore the treasures of the Red Sea, boasting everything from a large, friendly dolphin population to a rich maritime environment of colourful fish and corals. Our recommended routes and stops are tailored to different yearnings: shipwrecks for experienced divers, beautiful coral reefs for the avid snorkeler, or deserted beaches for those simply wanting a relaxing day at sea.
No more than a few kilometres from the glitz and glamour of El Gouna, bright lights and heavy traffic give way to rolling hills and golden plains. Mountains with jagged peaks are framed by the seemingly endless desert dunes of the eastern Sahara. It’s a side to El Gouna that is often left unseen, but for those who take the time to explore its sheer vastness, it’s a side that’s hard to forget.
„There’s just something so fulfilling about climbing up rough peaks and hard terrain and then watching the sun disappear under the horizon.”
Nowadays, wanderers from all over the world come to take part in one of the tailor-made hiking experiences of Gouna Mountain Goats. Dutchman and storyteller at heart Sytze Boomsma, who's now been living in El Gouna for 14 years, founded the company back in 2016 after stumbling across majestic scenes while walking his overactive dog, Tarfa.
Each trip is unique - Sytze simply takes cues from those he meets. Some journeys will involve more challenging climbs, while others are much more relaxed, slowing right down to appreciate the beauty of the nature. A common feature is the visit to a traditional Bedouin village, sharing local tea, snacks and stories, before finishing the day by the bonfire under a sky full of stars.
Miles of open desert, burning rays glistening on the sand, long, wide stretches of white sand beach and the turquoise waters of the Red Sea ebbing against the coast – there are few things more memorable than exploring the striking El Gouna landscape on horseback. For the past four years, the team behind Habiba Horse Stable, founded by German native Kerstin, have been helping travellers experience this magic themselves. They offer a tailored selection of routes, for beginners as well as seasoned riders: long, steady canter’s in the desert dunes, rides through local Bedouin villages, gallops along the coast or adventures into the mountains.