A lot of things come to mind when you imagine how you might amuse yourself during a trip to Spain. The country is known for some fo the best seafood and most unique local dining in the world. There are spectacular beaches, famous clubbing scenes, and beautiful, modern cities. There are excellent sports, renowned museums, and of course all sorts of bars to check out. What doesn’t tend to get quite as much attention is the fact that Spain also has an alternative form of nightlife and entertainment in the form of several interesting live casino venues.
That very idea, in fact - that of a live casino venue - is trending down around Europe, in a sense. That’s because several countries, and in particular the UK and Ireland, have been leading a sort of global surge in online casino activity. All of the most popular games are available at a huge variety of sites, with real money gaming options, interactive features, and of course the convenience of any online or mobile game. Altogether it’s made it seem somewhat unnecessary, if not outdated, to venture out to real casinos.
If you’re already traveling however, a casino venue can still serve a certain purpose. It’s a fun way to relax and entertain yourself, as well as potentially hang out with any friends you may be traveling with. It’s always important to be responsible when real money is on the line, but so long as you’re careful, a casino can still make for a really fun night out. And Spain, as mentioned, has a few noteworthy ones.
Barcelona’s main casino is naturally one of the biggest draws in the country in this category. It’s a chic, modern venue though one that’s not overflowing with gaudy frills and noisy attractions. You can play most popular casino games here, and the casino also has its own bar (La Taverna) and a few on-site restaurants that can make your night out there more complete.
» See our Barcelona travel guide.
Casino de Ibiza
There are reasons beyond clubbing to visit Ibiza, including its legendary sunsets, excellent beaches, and old towns, among other things. We can also add casino gaming to the list, because Casino de Ibiza may be the finest casino on this list. Somewhat more of a destination venue even than Casino Barcelona, it actually shares a sort of modern elegance without being too over-the-top in nature.
» See our Ibiza travel guide.
Admiral Casino & Lodge
Located in Malaga, this is actually a little bit more of a traditional, glitzy casino in appearance and atmosphere. And it’s all about group entertainment. In addition to over 40,000 square feet of traditional gaming space, Admiral Casino & Lodge provides restaurants, live bingo games, and even the occasional live musical performance.
Casino de Ceuta by Luckia
Casino de Ceuta is the most unique gaming venue listed here, and though it’s vaguely gimmicky it’s also quite nice. The casino is built into a castle-like structure in the town of Ceuta, and includes its own seaside resort amenities as well (such as a very pretty and relaxing pool area). It’s perhaps the most memorable place to enjoy casino gaming in Spain.
Casino Gran Madrid Torrelodones
Designed to be somewhat more upscale, this Madrid casino is a place to dress up, enjoy the games and potentially some live music, and have a meal at a fine restaurant. It’s not thing particularly grand in terms of outward appearance, at least compared to the world’s great casinos, but the idea is to enjoy a slightly more refined experience inside.
» See our Madrid travel guide.
The renowned Casino Torrequebrada is one of the oldest and most popular located on the Costa del Sol. The Casino is located within the 4 star Hotel Estival Torrequebrada, a quite stunning hotel located right next to the beach and a perfect place to stay en enjoy a luxury break in Southern Spain. The Casino offers classic roulette to poker tables as well as a bar/restaurant, perfect to enjoy dinner a la carte.
- Gambling should be a fun responsible adult pastime, if you feel that is not the case then please check out the Gambling Aware website and helpline.