Portugal Casinos

The Casino Estoril is the biggest of Portugal’s casinos with over 20 gaming tables and some 1,000 slot and video poker machines. As a matter of fact, it may well be Europe’s biggest casino, as the Portuguese claim, yet with Europe’s casino building programs taking place, that could not last much longer.

Among things that makes the Portugal casino Estoril so widely admired among Portugal’s casinos, as opposed to the other casinos in Europe is the function it had from the 1920-1950. Estoril was quite the most fashionable component of Europe for a certain time. After World War I, Dr. Salazar set Portugal up as a Fascist State. That doesn’t sound like the kind of point that would make a location prominent, I understand. Nevertheless, exactly what it did mean was that as the various issues arose in central Europe, the various changes and more, then WWII itself, Portugal was viewed as a safe house for those with cash. So there were a lot of dispossessed aristocrats, also some aristocrats, that made their way to Estoril during those years. That Portugal (like Spain) was not in WWII helped also. It wasn’t till Grace Kelly’s marriage to Prince Rainier after WWII that Monaco took over that position as “the” place to be.

A look at Portugal’s best casinos include:

Espinho: Solverde de Espinho Casino

Estoril:  Estoril Casino

Figuera da Foc: Figuera da Foz Casino

Madeira: Casino da Maderia and Casino Park Resort

Monte Gordo: Monte Gordo Casino

Portimao: Resort Algarve Casino Gambling enterprise

Povoa de Varzin: Povoa de Varzim Casino

Quarteira: Casino de Vilamoura

In addition to this list of long-established Portugal casinos, a completely new one opened up in April 2006 in Lisbon called, surprisingly, the Casino Lisbon.

There’s an additional reason the casino Estoril is the grandest of Portugal’s casinos, over and above those inter-war years. The whole location around Estoril has actually been the playground of the rich in the Portugal area for centuries. Located north is Sintra, which is where the Portuguese landowners would certainly vacation, far away from the stifling summer season heat of the plains. As fashions altered and individuals chose that being by the sea vacationing was things to do, the nearest two towns to Sintra were Estoril and Cascais. Both areas still maintain that aura as a place for the abundant to vacation, away from the crowds of the less rich, who tend to utilize the beaches beyond the river from Lisbon. I guess like the Americans, the Portuguese people are into having a good time at the casino, especially for those individuals who have the money to do so.