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 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.