The holiday hotspot without the Brits but with quiet beaches and 24C winter weather – and breaks are just £154pp

IF you’re looking for some winter sun then there’s a great spot just a few hours from the UK.

Whilst most UK holidaymakers heading to Egypt visit Sharm El-Sheikh or Hurghada, there is also another place with warm winter weather and cheap breaks.

El Gouna is a popular holiday destination in Egypt


El Gouna is a popular holiday destination in EgyptPhoto credit: Getty
El Gouna is a 30-minute drive from Hurghada Airport


El Gouna is a 30-minute drive from Hurghada AirportPhoto credit: Getty

Located on Egypt’s Red Sea, just 19 kilometers from Hurghada, the resort of El Gouna is fast becoming a popular destination among British tourists.

The resort is just 30 minutes’ drive from Hurghada Airport and the flight time from the UK is less than six hours.

Wizz Air and easyJet offer direct flights from the UK to Hurghada Airport.

In winter, temperatures in El Gouna can reach as high as 24°C – making it an ideal place for vacationers.

It’s a relatively new tourist destination, developed in 1989 by Egyptian billionaire Onsi Sawiris. The resorts are spread across 20 artificial islands.

Today it is considered an affordable luxury resort and has a number of sandy beaches including Zeytuna Beach and Moods Beach.

In addition, in the resort there are not only beaches, but also over 100 bars and restaurants.

El Gouna also has 18 hotels including The Chedi, El Gouna, Cook’s Club, Casa Cook and the Steigenberger Golf Resort – many of which are four stars or higher.

Outside of the hotel pools and beaches, there are also many other attractions for vacationers, including

In addition to the five-star hotels, the resort offers numerous other attractions for vacationers, including the longest cable car park in the region – Cable Park Sliders.

Other attractions include a desert sunset hike, scuba diving and quad biking in the desert.

And a holiday in El Gouna doesn’t cost much either, with holidays starting from £154 per person.

November stays in Captain’s Inna three star hotel in El Gouna, is available from £44 per night when two adults share a room.

That means two holidaymakers could book a seven-night stay at the Egyptian resort for £154 each.

El Gouna is two hours ahead of Great Britain.

While Arabic is the official language of Egypt, English is commonly spoken at the resorts.

The local currency is the Egyptian Pound (EGP) at £10 about 367 EGP.

You do not need to be vaccinated to visit El Gouna, but your passport must be valid for at least six months upon arrival.

To visit El Gouna you will need a visa which you will be given on arrival and costs around £10.

There are now numerous other holiday hotspots all over Europe away from the tourist crowds.

One of them is Agadir, the largest seaside resort in Morocco. The city was completely rebuilt in the 1960s after a devastating earthquake.

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And this unknown holiday spot is only three hours away from Great Britain.

In winter, temperatures can reach 24°C


In winter, temperatures can reach 24°CPhoto credit: Handout

Russell Falcon

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