The Côte d’Azur has a wealth of attractions, and one of them is its casinos. In fact the famous French Riviera is equal to any of the strongholds of the game around the world. Here is our selection of the must-visit spots for all roulette lovers, blackjack experts, slot machine fans, or just those who are curious and looking for some fun. Choose your casino!
1 – Monte-Carlo, of course!
The Principality shines with a thousand lights and games of chance fit in perfectly. Despite a limited territory of 202 hectares, the Rock has several very popular casinos: Monte-Carlo Bay, Casino Monte-Carlo, Café de Paris, Sporting, Sun Casino. Yes, it’s compact. Very compact. Sometimes it feels like you’re in a James Bond-like setting. The calm and tranquillity of the Rock makes it the perfect place for trying your hand at blackjack, craps, poker, “chemin de fer” and all the new generation machines. It’s your play!
2 – Cannes, European casino capital!
Blackjack, Texas Hold’em or roulette, the city of Cannes, the only French city with three casinos, offers you an unbeatable choice of venues dedicated to entertainment: Casino Croisette, Casino Les Princes, Casino 3.14. The legendary Palais des Festivals houses Casino Barrière Croisette with its slot machines, electronic roulette and poker room. Not far away, the Casino Barrière Les Princes offers a gigantic space for slot machines and lots of table games. Also in the city centre, Casino Patouche 3.14 also has slot machines, table games, along with a restaurant and bar. Every one of these establishments cultivates sophistication and elegance to welcome players from all over the world.
3 – Head for Antibes-Juan-Les Pins
Heading to Antibes, you can reach Casino Joa La Siesta by taking the coast road – it’s a real leisure complex where everything is possible. There’s a Comptoir JOA bistro as well as a private beach and disco by the sea. You’ll be surprised by this mythical place! In Juan-Les-Pins, Casino Partouche Eden Beach, also on the beach, will allow you to relax and indulge in a little gambling in comfort. The casino offers slot machines, English roulette and electronic roulette, blackjack and electronic blackjack.
4 – Place your bets in Nice!
In Nice, you have to venture on to the Promenade des Anglais to place your bets. The Palais de la Méditerranée casino with its art-deco atmosphere sits facing the sea. 200 slot machines, 2 roulette tables, 4 Texas and 3 blackjack tables – there’s no shortage of attractions. Better still shows are held there throughout the year. Not far away going towards Jardins Albert 1st, the Casino Barrière Le Ruhl, also facing the sea, offers 300 slot machines, not to mention a cabaret with a new seductive revue and theme nights.
5 –Belle-Epoque ambiance in Beaulieu-sur-Mer
6 – Lady luck goes to Menton!
Located halfway between Nice and Monaco, Beaulieu-sur-Mer also offers a Casino with two restaurants, a theatre and a sky bar for the summer. If you love the Belle-Epoque, you’ll be amazed when you discover this mythical casino on the Côte d’Azur.
Not far from there, the Casino Barrière de Menton also offers plenty of machines as well as table games. Between the tables and the screens, Lady Luck goes to Menton! Its seaside location on the Promenade du Soleil offers a great opportunity for a drink or dinner on the terrace.
7 – Head to Cagnes-sur-Mer: Polygone Riviera!
8 – Mandelieu, a casino on the water’s edge!
The 5000 m² in the heart of the Casino Tranchant Terrazur in Polygone Riviera in Cagnes-sur-Mer, offers the opportunity to play, be entertained and eat. Good tip for this particular Côte d’Azur casino: it organizes lots of comedy and music shows all year round.
At the gateway to Mandelieu, the Joa Royal Casino Pullman offers a unique view of the sea, and the coasts of Cannes and the Estérel. There is a large hotel above the casino to give your luck somewhere to stay on the Côte d’Azur! On the water’s edge, it’s well worth a detour on the Côte d’Azur.
9 – And more casinos on the Var coast!
The Var coast is right up there too with a number of casinos for enthusiasts staying on the Côte d’Azur: the Casino Partouche Bandol (140 slot machines), the Casino de Cavalaire (113), the Casino des Palmiers in Hyères (120), the Casino Vikings de Fréjus (100), the Casion Barrière in Saint-Raphaël (120) and the Casino Barrière in Sainte-Maxime (also 120).
Overall, between Menton and the Giens peninsula, you can spend three weeks holiday in a different casino every night. A real challenge! Will luck be on your side?
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