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Preserving memories is perhaps as important as the experiences themselves. El Gouna’s beauty and unique spirit host a series of showstopping locations so you can capture stunning photos of your adventures. Whether you’re a lifestyle influencer, a soulful explorer here on holiday, a loving couple ready to say ‘I do’ at one of our spectacular venues or even a professional photographer searching for the perfect photoshoot mood to bring your brand to life, we’ve gathered a list of some of our town’s most iconic picturesque locations. Are you ready to pump up your Instagram reach and share the most amazing shots just in time for El Gouna Photo Week?




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If you’re looking for uncompromising natural beauty, then head to Bayoud. The increasingly popular boat trip attraction hosts a stunning coral reef bed, colourful underwater wildlife amidst pristine aquamarine, jade and azure waters. Plan a full-day trip to snap both dawn and dusk backdrops and capture El Gouna’s gorgeous skies in all shades of wow!

Abu Tig Marina combines ocean views with curving stretches of luxury yachts for eye-catching reels. A perfect location for outdoor photography, you’ll find optimal natural light at every corner. Stroll down the promenade by Pier 88 or take the rustic bridge across from Duport for shots with a flair.  


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For boomerangs, short clips or incomparably serene vibes, Downtown and Kafr lagoons are ideal backdrops on a still day. You’ll be dazzled by the silky mirror reflections of El Gouna’s unique Downtown architecture, lush greenery and gently swaying palms- a great inspiration for fun visual play.



Considered an iconic landmark, the cobble stone bridge crossing Mosaïque hotel has become a photogenic hotspot. Flanked by Joubal’s winding lagoons on one side and an impressive waterfall adjacent to Abu Tig Hill on the other, you can enjoy a unique 360° attraction. 


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With a more artisanal flair, Downtown’s Art Village bends and curves with local treasures for an ideal crafty photoshoot setting. Gathering a host of materials, handmade with care, the vibrant displays are playful and unique, so be sure to check out the mixed media street craft vibes.


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Stepping away from bright colours and looking to infuse serenity into your Instafeed? Casa Cook is pretty much unbeatable when it comes to Earthy, scenic and simplistic elegance. The spacious exteriors and laid-back colour palette make stunning photos and visual mood-boards an absolutely effortless delight! The hotel’s spa offers a particularly exquisite setting for infinite play with natural light and accentuating shadows.



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Designed by the one and only art savvy Amr Khalil, La Maison Bleue is by far one of the town’s most beautiful icons. A levantine fantasy from head to toe, the celeste blue hues studded with hand-carved floral details create an exterior inspired by its natural setting and the artistic vision of its curator designer. Indoors, each piece of furniture and every décor trinket tells a unique story rich in history and elegance. This boutique hotel has hosted many VIP weddings and intimate gatherings, so get ready to glow like a star once that camera button goes ‘click’!

Further in the heart of El Gouna, the renovated Ali Pasha courtyard is an open-air dream. The beloved hotel at Abu Tig Marina features the finest interpretations of Egyptian architecture and design. From fresh mashrabeya shutters, lush bamboo and sago palms, and a gorgeous, checkered mosaic fountain as a centrepiece, capture a taste of heritage and style along your photo trail.

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The newest tribute to contemporary translations of Egyptian heritage and design mastery, can be seen at the El Gouna Conference and Cultural Centre. If you’re even slightly active on social media, you will already have cooed over celebrities posing under the lotus inspired arches. The architecture is nothing short of splendid and it offers such a variety of incomparable shots. The magnificent reflections across the water weaving between the building is as captivating in daylight as it is at night. The GCC has become the most sought-after venue for hosting events and from the very first visit, you’ll see exactly why.

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The first edition of EL GOUNA PHOTO WEEK is upon us. Book your El Gouna trip from the 16th to the 23rd of July and don’t miss out on the cultural sensation organised by Photopia.

You’ll meet with and learn from the best artists and professionals in the industry in Egypt! There’s an exciting program packed with panel discussions, exhibitions, workshops, networking events and much more. Experience the week with us and get ready to be inspired!



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Samaa Ayman

Samaa Ayman

Sam Ayman is a Rowayat award winning writer, academic consultant and one very proud mama bear. In 2015 she moved to El Gouna, inspired by its incomparable charm and unique identity. Besides raising her little Gounie Roman Pharaoh, Sam enjoys messing up her kitchen and pretending to workout. After years of publishing short works and stories, her debut novel The King's Debt was released in 2019. The gripping thriller explores social dynamics and gender issues through several feminist perspectives.

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