Review written by Sophie Couard, January 19, 2016.
Argelès-sur-Mer is located east of the Pyrénées-Orientales in the region of Languedoc-Roussillon, and the city is home to one of the many gambling establishments in the department, the Joa Casino in Argeles. The Joa Casino in Argelès-sur-Mer is ideally located beside the sea in luxurious and green vegetation, and it is one of the best entertainment venues at the Côte Vermeille. Here you can relax and possibly win a jackpot or a large sum of money at one of the tables. The casino also has a slot machine selection with 70 devices and two game tables for traditional games, including blackjack and the game Boule. Furthermore, the establishment is an excellent place to have fun and to have a good time with your family, and you can enjoy the Mediterranean cuisine in the Planxa restaurant and the unique atmosphere of the bar. The Casino is also popular for various activities, including the nightclub Le Playa, and it offers services and expertise if you are interested in hosting your own events.
Casino JOA d’Argeles : the games you like
The Joa Casino in Argelès-sur-Mer invites you to try your luck at the various gambling options. You can choose from different slot machines, as well as traditional table games, including blackjack and the game Boule.
The slot machines
Although it is not the establishment with the largest number of slot machines in the department, the Casino in Argeles is able to meet all the requirements of slot machines fans. In fact, although the slot machine room in the casino has only 70 devices, it includes all types of machines, including mechanical reel machines, video slot machines and video poker. You also have the possibility of playing in an outdoor area which is facing the sea, and it makes playing the slot games much nicer.
The slot machines at the casino allow you to take careful control your budget, which means that you can manage your playing time better and choose different denominations. The mechanical reel machines accept minimum stakes between €0.10 and €1, video slot machines between €0.01 and €0.50, and video poker between €0.50 and €2. The Casino also offers you the opportunity to win various jackpots at some of the machines with, among others, the €1 Joker Poker, the Hot Shot and the Silver & Gold machine.
The slot machine room is open Sunday to Thursday from 11 am to 1 am, and on Fridays, Saturdays and eves of public holidays from 11 am to 2 am.
The table games
The Joa Casino in Argelès also offers two game tables available to fans of traditional casino games. You have the choice between a blackjack table and game table for Boule.
If you are passionate about card games the blackjack table will surely make you happy. The table only requires a minimum bet of €2, and it is open for both experienced players and beginners. It offers players the best experience of this traditional game, and they also have the opportunity to enjoy various free initiation sessions by making a simple request to the dealers of the room.
The blackjack table is open Sunday to Thursday from 8 pm to 1 am, and Fridays, Saturdays and eves of public holidays from 8 pm to 2 am.
The game Boule
Pure gambling enthusiasts can enjoy the great thrills the game Boule has to offer. The game has simpler rules than English Roulette, and this table game allows you to enjoy thrilling entertainment and the chance to win money. The minimum bet for a game is €1, which means that you can play for lower and higher stakes depending on your budget, and you can bet on your favourite numbers.
The game table for Boule is open Sunday to Thursday from 8 pm to 1 am, and Fridays, Saturdays and eves of public holidays from 8 pm to 2 am.
The restaurant and the bar at the JOA Casino in Argelès-sur-Mer
The Joa Casino in Argelès also invites you to enjoy the fine cuisine of the region, and you can relax while enjoying your favourite drinks. You can visit the restaurant and bar of the casino.
The restaurant at the Casino
The casino restaurant is called "La Planxa", and it lets you enjoy an idyllic and open atmosphere directly at the Mediterranean Sea. In addition to the inside room that is decorated with warm colours it is possible to enjoy the terrace that is overlooking the pool and has stunning views of the sea. This is especially nice during the hot summers.
The chef and his team cam pamper you with dishes that are mostly inspired by Mediterranean a la Plancha cuisine. However, fans of local cuisine can also enjoy a traditional kitchen and various bistro recipes. The restaurant also favours using fresh seasonal produce from the region, as well as fresh fish.
You can enjoy a great selection of dishes when you visit the restaurant. You can find the signature dishes of the JOA group, as well as other dishes and set menus. Among the options are, for example, the JOA menu for €28, which includes a starter, main course and dessert, two glasses of wine and €1.50 in JOA casino chips, and the Tapas menu for €2.80. The menu also has various choices for starters starting from €6,90, such as sea salad, gizzard salad with dried duck breast, a Serrano platter or warm goat cheese salad with thyme. There are also different meat or fish dishes available starting from €11.90, such as duck breast, fish medley à la planxa, the flank steak à la bordelaise or Saint-Pierre fillet à la bordelaise. You can also enjoy desserts from €5.50, such as a cheese platter, Crème catalane, Ile flottante, and many more. A children's menu for €7 is also available for your kids.
You can also enjoy the different JOA dishes, such as starters from €7, and you can choose between the hot-cold JOA Winter Salad, a foie gras terrine with fresh duck and date confit and cocoa, or vol au vent "Terre et Mer" with prawns. Additionally, there are also burgers from €12, various dishes for €15, such as fried meats with shallots, mashed potatoes and olive oil, Gros Cannelloni with poultry stuffing and fried trumpets, or pike perch fillet with skin, lemon crust and sauce. You can also choose from a selection of desserts starting from €6.50. Among them are Baba au rhum "maison" with light vanilla cream, Milles feuilles of gingerbread and orange jam, or "Pain Perdu" brioche with English cream and chocolate spread.
The Casino restaurant is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 7 pm in the evening, and Sunday at noon for lunch.
The Bar at the Casino
The Casino in Argelès also has a space where you can cool off and have a good time in the company of your partner, family or friends. You can find a menu that includes all types of drinks, such as champagne, a glass from €8 or bottle from €45, spirits from €2.50, digestives and liqueurs from €5.10, aperitifs from €2.50, hot drinks from €1.70, sodas and fruit juices from €2, various cocktails with or without alcohol from €7 and €5.50, and beers from €2.
As in all the casinos of the group, you can also try the famous JOA beer, a craft beer available in light or dark which is brewed at the casino.
The Casino Bar is open daily from Sunday to Thursday from 11 am to 1 am, and on Fridays, Saturdays and eves of public holidays from 11 am to 2 am.
Events at the Joa Casino in Argelès
The JOA Casino in Argelès also offers a variety of entertainment and fun and other activities. The nightclub "Le Playa", games and competitions, music and gastronomic events are among the options.
The nightclub Le Playa
The nightclub Le Playa is famous and renowned in the whole department. It is the perfect place for music lovers, regardless of their styles. There is a terrace with a splendid sea view allowing you to enjoy some fresh air and a break after dancing to the rhythms of your favourite music.
The special event "Girls Love Playa" is organised every Friday evening, where women get free entry, as well as a glass of champagne.
Admission to the club is €14, which includes a drink with alcohol or 3 soft drinks. You can visit the Le Playa nightclub every Friday and Saturday night from April to June, and from Monday to Sunday in July and August.
Events at the Casino
The Casino in Argelès-sur-Mer also offers a diverse event program, allowing you to make the best out of your stay in the area. These events are for example contests and Belotte tournaments on Mondays and Tuesdays, a lunch buffet available every Monday to Thursday for lunch, the Free Bingo that takes place every Wednesday, tarot readings on Thursdays, a musical buffet on Fridays, and karaoke on Saturdays.
Address and access
Casino JOA in Argelès, Allée des Pins, 66700 – Argelès-sur-Mer.
Access to the Casino via the expressway D914, exit 10.
By car from the north via the motorway A9, exit Perpignan Sud and exit Le Boulou when coming from the south.
7 km from Céret, 15 km from Le Boulou, 39 km from Perpignan, 188 km from Montpellier, 239 km from Nîmes, 244 km from Toulouse, 353 km from Marseille and 882 km from Paris.
By train via the train station of Argelès Village located 2 km from the Casino.
25 km from the airport of Perpignan — Rivesaltes, 90 km from the airport of Girona, 120 km from the airport of Carcassonne and 180 km from the airport of Barcelona.
Slot machines : Sunday to Thursday from 11 am to 1 am, and on Fridays, Saturdays and eves of public holidays from 11 am to 2 am.
Blackjack table : Sunday to Thursday from 8 pm to 1 am, and Fridays, Saturdays and eves of public holidays from 8 pm to 2 am.
Boule 2000 table : Sunday to Thursday from 8 pm to 1 am, and Fridays, Saturdays and eves of public holidays from 8 pm to 2 am.
Restaurant « La Planxa » : Tuesday to Sunday evenings from 7 pm, and Sundays from noon.
The bar of the casino : Sunday to Thursday from 11 am to 1 am and on Fridays, Saturdays and eves of public holidays from 11 am to 2 am.
Nightclub « Le Playa » : from April to June every Friday and Saturday evenings, and in July and August from Monday to Sunday.