After years of political wrangling, the developers behind the proposed EuroVegas have chosen Madrid over Barcelona as the site for their gambling mecca.
Eurovegas is set to be the biggest gambling 'city' in Europe, with six casinos and 36,000 hotel rooms, as well as three golf courses, according to this article in The Daily Telegraph: Madrid chosen as location for EuroVegas.
It was a good decision, in my opinion.
Madrid and Barcelona are undoubtedly the best cities in Spain, with second-to-none transport connections (especially between the two cities, where there is the AVE high-speed train that will make the journey in two-and-a-half hours) and more to do than in any other city in Spain, so whichever decision they would have come to would have been a good one.
But Madrid, for me, wins out for a number of reasons. Barcelona already has the snazzy headline-grabbing sights, such as the Gaudi architecture and the Ramblas. Madrid, though the superior city in many ways, has less obvious attractions.
Madrid's location in the center of the country also makes it better for getting to every corner of Spain, something that can't be said for Barcelona, which is tucked away in the north-east of the country (though it is better for getting from Spain to France).
The EuroVegas complex will take ten years to complete, but Madrid's advantages over Barcelona will always be there. Read more on Barcelona or Madrid: Which City is Better?