We understand how costly holiday activities can be, even the simplest things like going for a swim. This is why we’ve put a list together of the top 10 things to do for free in Egypt’s Red Sea resort of El Gouna. Experience street festivals, see the sunsets, go for a swim and even see a movie for free in this popular family friendly resort.
Between the Arena Inn Hotel and El Gouna Golf Course is where you will find Cinema Mirage, an outdoor movie theatre that offers free movies two days a week at selected times in the evening. This is the ideal place to go to if you want to entertain the kids without having to spend any cash. There are many family friendly movies available, so the little ones won’t feel left out. The cinema is always clean and there’s nothing like watching a movie on the big screen whilst enjoying the fresh evening air.
Head down to the marina on Mondays and Fridays to experience the fun filled Marina Festival. This is perfect for those who can’t get enough of great music, sociable atmospheres and live entertainment during the evenings. If you don’t mind the kids staying up a little later, bring them along too, as they will surely love the action. There are dancers and other entertainers who have one aim in mind, to keep you wanting more into the evening. It’s free to see and if you’re staying for a week, no doubt you’ll want to go more than once.
This huge art project can be found in the desert, a short distance from El Gouna and is a must see during your visit! The project is a huge spiral pattern made from 89 protruding cones made from the deserts sand and 89 cone shaped holes depressed into the ground. Everyone is sure to be impressed by this stunning work of art, so feel free to take the kids along during your visit. It is almost twenty years old and still in excellent condition considering its age. It’s best seen from above, so see if you can spot it during your flight in if you pass El Gouna!
Watch a Fire Show
It’s hard not to be entertained by a fire show in the evening, as the bright flames look simply brilliant under the night’s sky. You can watch these talented entertainers play with fire on the beach near El Sayadin restaurant and like most of the entertainment in El Gouna, it’s perfect for kids too! They will no doubt become mesmerised by the flames spinning and circling through the air.
Explore the Town
If you really want to get yourself familiar with this luxurious resort and discover what the centre has to offer, why not take some time out to simply explore the streets downtown. The area is a short walk from many of the main hotels and there are plenty of sights to see along the way. You will find many shops and fascinating boutiques here, which you are welcome to browse whether it’s on the inside or the outside. You will find that all of the storeowners are very welcoming and friendly and not ‘pushy’, so feel free to take your time.
With sizzling sunshine that lasts throughout the year, you will be able to get a tan no matter which season you choose to visit in. This along with the soft sand around the lagoons and the edge of the Red Sea makes the perfect sunbathing environment. Spend your days soaking up the sun, enjoying the calm atmosphere and gazing out onto the beautifully blue waters that remain warm all year round. You will even be able to catch the rays by simply strolling around the resort but make sure you take your suncream so you don’t get the lobster look!
Tamr Henna Square Event
Head to Tamr Henna Square in downtown El Gouna for one of the best events held in the resort. Enjoy watching the live entertainment, which includes the traditional Egyptian folk dance known as Tanoura. Belly dancers show of their skills along with the musicians playing delightful tunes as the event continues and there is also a Nubian show, which simply can’t be missed!
Thanks to the fantastic weather that keeps the sea temperature high all year round, you can go snorkelling at any time of year. With coral reefs just off the shore of the Red Sea, El Gouna is the perfect place to try snorkelling for the first time. Head to Zeytouna Beach, walk down the long pier and dive off into the sea. Put on your snorkel mask and swim along to the left hand side. You’re sure to see beautiful fish, including the infamous clown fish (Nemo).
Visit the Marinas
There’s nothing like a walk in the sun, as you explore the most impressive parts of El Gouna. If you’re short of places to visit, head down to the water and visit the three stunning marinas that El Gouna has become so famous for. The Abu Tig Marina, Abu Tig Marina extension and the Abydos Marina have many things in common, including that they are all modern, beautifully designed and a popular place for the super rich. Here you will see huge super yachts moored close to the shore, which are a sight in themselves.
If you find yourself in El Gouna during Earth Week then you will be lucky enough to take part in the Green Festival. This festival was started to boost awareness about Earth’s fragile natural environment and gives useful info on how to go about limiting your own negative effect on the environment. Starting the same day as Earth Week, the festival hosts a number of activities that you can take part in. It’s the perfect way to set a good example for the kids on how to keep nature in great shape.
And that’s a wrap! Have you done any of these things? Or have we missed any off the list? Let us know on our Facebook page, we’d love to hear from you!