Murcia’s Royal Casino is an extravagant architectural relic from the late 19th century, and features quite an eclectic mixture of design styles — from Modernist to Neonazari — that together are nothing short of dazzling. Located in the city’s old quarter, and just steps away from the main cathedral, the casino is a must-do stop on any Murcia itinerary.
Though a private social club, the recently restored building is open for tourist visits and events. While there, you can explore its many rooms and halls, including the Arabic patio, noted for its iron and glass dome; the lavish dance hall complete with paintings, gilt detailing, and giant, sparkling chandeliers; and the main gallery, a covered passageway illuminated by light that pours in from the windowed ceiling. More rooms and opulent corners abound, from the luxurious ladies’ room to the glamorous, wooden-shelved library.