The Adriatic Sea is one of the most beautiful seas in Europe. This is especially true in summer when the water and weather are warm. Six countries have access to this sea – Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Albania. In these countries, you will find over twenty relatively big cities and most of them are popular holiday destinations. 

„Before the COVID pandemic few cities around the Adriatic sea have seen increase in tourists that are interested in gambling. European roulette, slots and blackjack have been the preferred types of entertainment.”

Benjamin Webb, international gambling analyst

In the recent period, more and more people are visiting the Adriatic Sea to enjoy gambling activities in modern casinos. If you are looking for the best gambling destinations of the Adriatic Sea, keep reading this guide.

Split, Croatia


Surrounded by medieval walls, the city of Split in Croatia is the second-largest city in this country. Situated on the eastern shore of the beautiful Adriatic Sea and often used by tourists as a base to explore this part of the sea. Some people involved in yachting are coming to this place. 

In the last few years, Split witnessed an increased interest in gambling. So, it’s no wonder why casinos are popping up all over the city. To be honest, most of them are so-called automat clubs where visitors can enjoy slot games, video poker, and other video casino games. Of course, there are a few true land-based casinos where you can find dozens of slot machines, roulette tables, poker tables, and more. 

Most of these casinos have their night bars and coffee bars allowing players to have the ultimate gambling experience. We’ve listed Split first because this is probably the number one destination for gambling at the Adriatic Sea in terms of the number of casinos and scenery. Of course, you should know that there are quite a few online casinos that you can choose from, if you are looking for a website with a Croatian license. That’s an excellent option when you are not willing to leave your hotel room and you feel like playing casino games. 

Dubrovnik, Croatia

dubrovnik old town

Another popular holiday destination in Croatia is part of this list. Before we go into details about the gambling scene in the city, let’s mention a few other things that make Dubrovnik special. For instance, did you know that Dubrovnik is protected by UNESCO due to its unique ancient (and medieval) architecture? Also, did you know that many episodes from the popular TV series Game of Thrones were filmed there? The beautiful architecture is just one of the reasons why you should consider visiting this city.

Dubrovnik has become a popular gambling destination thanks to the so-called automat clubs and one true land-based casino facility. The latter is a little bit small, but you can find all the popular casino games you can expect from a place like this. In any case, Dubrovnik is a place that you want to visit when you are in a gambling mood. 

Budva, Montenegro


If you are an experienced gambler, then you might know that Montenegro has a long history of gambling. Many tourists have spent some of their time in land-based casinos here. In addition to amateur gamblers and tourists, professional gamblers are interested in this country with access to the Adriatic Sea. The reason is simple – regular high roller casino tournaments are organized in different locations. Additionally, Montenegro is popular for its beautiful beaches, historical places, and friendly people.

When it comes to specific gambling destinations of the Adriatic Sea in this country, we have to mention Budva. The popular holiday spot is home to three casinos. And all of the casinos are situated in luxury hotels with all-inclusive offers. So, in addition to playing poker, baccarat, blackjack, roulette, slots, and other games, you can also take advantage of amenities like spa centers, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, gyms, and more. That would be a holiday to remember.

Venice, Italy

venice italy

Saint Mark’s Basilica, Correr Museum, San Giovanni e Paolo, Santa Maria del Miracoli – these are some of the attractions that you can find in Venice, one of the most famous Italian cities. Located at the Adriatic Sea, this city lies on water corridors/canals. Besides the famous churches and buildings, people who are visiting Venice can enjoy shopping in big malls loaded with the most famous Italian brands. You can also find exceptional Italian restaurants, operas, nightclubs, and cafes. 

As for gambling, there are two casinos in this city. This is not a surprise because Venice was the first city to get a casino in Italy (in the 17th century). Today, two out of around ten land-based casinos in this country are located here and one of them is the aforementioned casino! In other words, you can get a chance to play in a historic building. The other one is a modern casino built at the end of the 20th century. As expected, they have all the casino games found in popular casinos.