El Gouna has been officially recognized as Egypt's most environmentally friendly holiday destination. Located 25 kilometers north of Hurghada , el gouna is only a 4-hour flight from Europe’s major capitals. At El Gouna , sandy beaches and the ideal temperatures welcome visitors all year round. El Gouna management has worked hard in cooperation with local hotels , businesses , residents , and visitors to maintain , protect , and preserve its unique environment. The town’s environmental programs and grassroots environmental organization paved the way for several awards , including the Green Globe and Travelife , and led to El Gouna’s selection as the pilot location for the Green Star Hotel Initiative. In recognition of the success of the initiative , in 2014 , el gouna was granted the Global Human Settlements Award for being a Global Green Town . This award is sponsored by the United Nations Environment Program and is given to towns displaying substantial measures and efforts in progress within the field of environmental sustainability.