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Ten things not to miss in El Gouna

The holiday paradise El Gouna, on the Red Sea, attracts with diversity and offers brilliant experiences. Locals reveal which hotspots you should definitely see!

30 July 2021

Sportsmen and recreationists, families and singles, young and old alike - in El Gouna, travellers will find a varied holiday offer that goes far beyond the classic beach day. If you are still looking for inspiration for your next adventures, here are ten recommendations from the Gounies, the locals of El Gouna, that should not be missing from any stay.


1. dive with the Orca Dive Club


A paradise for divers: The Red Sea inspires with colorful corals, a variety of marine life and impressive shipwrecks. Around El Gouna there are numerous spots for varied dives. The Orca Dive Club, belonging to the Turtle's Inn in Abu Tig Marina, is ideally located. The dive center offers a daily experience of diving excursions and courses for all levels. Experienced divers can, for example, explore the 126-metre-long SS Thistlegorm, one of the most famous wrecks in the world. Diving equipment is also available for the youngest holidaymakers for diving experiences on site.

The Red Sea delights with colourful corals and a variety of marine life. Credit: El Gouna

2. feel visual experiences in the SeaCinema 


There is also a cinema in El Gouna: State-of-the-art Dolby Digital technology, three cinema halls and a varied selection of films make a cinema evening a special experience. 649 people can be seated in the sea cinema in the Abu Tig Marina. The cinema was opened as part of the first El Gouna Film Festival. Admission costs about four euros. 

State-of-the-art technologies and a diverse selection of films make going to the cinema an experience. Credit: El Gouna

3. wellness dinner at Casa Cook 


Oasis of peace: harmony of body, mind and soul. In the spa of the luxurious Casa Cook, a 5-star luxury hideaway in El Gouna, holidaymakers will find a relaxing pampering programme. Tangible experiences from head to toe. Five treatment rooms, an indoor pool, a plunge pool, a fitness room as well as a steam bath and sauna ensure deep relaxation and recuperation. Those who want to bring their body into balance while on holiday should use the hotel's own Yoga Shala and then relax in the outdoor area or visit the private beach area. 

An oasis of tranquility that balances body and mind. Credit: El Gouna

4. delicious dining at Marina Steakhouse


Grilled to perfection - from blue rare to medium to well done. At the Marina Steakhouse in the heart of the lively Abu Tig Marina, guests enjoy hearty steaks and fresh fish plates. A special insider tip for an exciting culinary experience is the "Captain's Brochette", which is made for two people and flambéed directly at the table. The fantastic panorama over the marina, the chic design of the restaurant and the view of the luxury yachts immediately put guests of the restaurant in a holiday mood. 

Located in the harbour, Marina Steakhouse lets guests enjoy hearty steaks and fresh fish platters. Credit: El Gouna

5. sipping cocktails in retro style at the Bartender Bar


"Bartender Bar" is a hip cocktail bar located in Abu Tig Marina and is one of the most popular night spots in the city. Owner and bartender Ray Al-Ramahi dreamed of an extraordinary and unique cocktail bar where everyone feels welcome and every guest finds the right drink. At Bartender Bar, visitors from all over the world enjoy innovative and refreshing cocktails mixed by true professionals. Entertainment includes live music, flair shows and pool tables. The ambience is also particularly impressive, consisting of neon signs, retro sofas from the 1980s and a red Mercedes.

At Bartender Bar, everyone feels welcome and can enjoy fresh cocktails. Credit: El Gouna

6. On the golf course professionals and beginners can hole the ball


Hole-In-One: The 18-hole golf course with various pitfalls offers new challenges for experienced golfers and beginners. Beginners book a beginner's course and let experienced golf instructors introduce them to the world of golf. After a successful round, athletes enjoy a refreshing drink on the terrace or reward themselves with a visit to the restaurant. Thanks to the Egyptian weather, the El Gouna Golf Club is open all year round. 

The 18-hole golf course with various pitfalls offers new challenges for professionals as well as courses for beginners. Credit: El Gouna

7. kiteboarding in the Red Sea with Club El Gouna


Sunshine, crystal blue waters, regular winds: El Gouna delivers the perfect conditions for kitesurfers all year round. A must-see location for any kitesurfer is the local Kiteboarding Club (KBC) El Gouna, located on the two largest lagoons in the Red Sea. Watersports enthusiasts can bring their own equipment or choose the perfect gear from 150 high-quality kites and 80 boards at the club. English- and German-speaking instructors ensure that even beginners have fun. 

Sunshine, beautiful blue waters and regular winds deliver the perfect conditions for kitesurfers all year round. Credit: El Gouna

8. water fun at Slider's Cable Park


The perfect place for adventure seekers: Slider's Cable Park provides varied wakeboarding experiences all year round. The facility has a wake park, an aqua park and the associated pool club. Difficult obstacles like the "Giant Elephant" or the "Rookie Kicker" inspire experienced wakeboarders and challenge brave beginners.

Slider's Cable Park provides a varied wakeboarding experience year-round with a wake park, water park and pool club. Credit: El Gouna

9. riding experiences with Habiba Horse


The happiness of the earth lies on the back of horses, which is why holidaymakers should definitely explore El Gouna on horseback. At the local riding stable, Habiba Horse, visitors can choose from various routes, depending on their wishes and abilities. Among the most popular tours is a ride through the desert or a ride along the beach. A special highlight of the beach excursions is cooling off in the ocean together with the four-legged friends. 

Horse riding on the enchanting beach is a special experience. Credit: El Gouna

10. desert safari through the Sahara with Mountain Goats


In stark contrast to an action-packed day of water sports is an excursion into the seemingly endless desert of the Sahara. The organisation Mountain Goats leads travellers through the desert and into the mountains as part of a tailor-made hiking experience. An evening around a campfire, under the stars, perfectly rounds off the day of hiking. 

Travellers experience a day and night adventure in the desert. Credit: El Gouna

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