What to do in El Gouna

From a distance it may look like a mirage on the horizon of a desert landscape but get a little closer and you will see El Gouna is a real-life oasis.

This bustling Red Sea town can boast an impressive resume with crystal clear ocean waters, miles of sandy beaches, luxurious hotels, a vibrant marina and one of the world’s best diving sites on its doorstep. El Gouna adds an extra touch of elegance to a holiday and is within easy reach of the resort town of Hurghada and the incredible ancient sites of Luxor.

When you touch down in this modern day oasis, here is what you can expect.

The beaches are something else

If you could picture your perfect beach there is a high probability it would look like one in El Gouna. There are many beaches that claim to have “crystal clear water” but here it is an actual reality. Walk along the spotless white sand shores and take a dip in the inviting, warm waters of the Red Sea.

Many of El Gouna’s hotels feature their own private beaches so every morning you face the oh-so-difficult decision of whether you want lie by the beach or the pool – it’s a hard life sometimes, isn’t it – so pull up your sun lounger and enjoy another day under a cloudless sky.

It’s perfect for watersports

El Gouna’s spacious beaches and breezy conditions make it a haven for those of you wanting to try your hand at watersports. The resort’s horizon is a scene of vibrant colour as kitesurfers catch waves and winds – such is El Gouna’s prowess in this department it is quickly becoming a favourite among professionals.

There is no better place to learn this unique skill than El Gouna. There are a host of kitesurfing and wakeboarding schools where you can become a natural in this adrenalin-fuelled pastime in no time at all.

Jump into the world’s best diving spots

Save from actually swimming among the Great Barrier Reef, you will do well to find a diving location better than the Red Sea. El Gouna and Hurghada are home to some truly mesmerising diving spots where you can swim among the coral and say hello to the wealth of tropical marine life.

The town is home to a number scuba diving schools which cater for everyone from beginners to seasoned pros. Swim out to the spectacular Bluff Point to see a valley of coral or explore the sunken vessel of Rosalie Moller – your adventure begins below the water.

Tee off on championship standard golf courses

Hit the fairways in El Gouna’s premier golf courses. A number of hotels have PGA Championship-standard courses which have been designed with every level of player in mind. Whether you’re a beginner or fancy yourself as the next Rory McIlroy, you will be able to test your skills on these perfectly manicured greens.

If you’re new to the sport then you can get expert tuition from experienced golfers and PGA qualified professionals to hone your swing and putting. And, naturally, the views from the tee shot are pretty spectacular.

Explore the ancient Egyptian sites

Egypt is a beautiful, mystical country home to one of the world’s most ancient civilisations. From El Gouna, you can take a trip to the city of Luxor where you can see the awe-inspiring Valley of the Kings. Most famous for the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun, this archaeological wonder dates back to the 11th century BC. Walk into the tombs of Egyptian kings and marvel at the perfectly preserved hieroglyphics.

From Luxor you can travel in style on a river cruise down the Nile to the bustling city of Aswan. Egypt’s third largest city also has a number of temples with the most impressive being Philae Temple. Originally located on the First Cataract of the Nile, it was moved piece by piece to Agilika Island during the 1970s and features more ancient carvings from this fascinating civilisation.

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Take advantage of the endless sunny days, amazing beaches and luxury hotels with a holiday to El Gouna. We have a huge range of holiday packages to the Red Sea and beyond with deposits starting from just £49pp. Start your search at www.sunmaster.co.uk.