Supermarkets are widely dispersed throughout the city, and your neighbourhood, or barrio will almost certainly have a supermarket within five minutes’ walk. Typically supermarkets in Valencia are open from Monday to Saturday, but there are a few exceptions – for example, Carrefour Express and Supercor are small supermarkets open on Sundays, and there’s usually one within 10 – 15 minutes from your apartment. Some of the larger supermarkets, such as the Carrefour hypermarkets and some branches of El Corte Inglés (a department store with its own supermarket) are also open on Sundays. It’s worth noting that during public holidays and festivals, Consum, Mercadona and Dia will be closed.
Major supermarkets include:
Mercadona – Not open on Sundays, typical opening hours 9.00 – 21.30
Dia – Not open on Sundays, opening hours vary
Consum – Not open on Sundays*, typical opening hours 9.00 – 21.30
Lidl – Not open on Sundays, typical opening hours 9.00 – 22.00
Aldi – Open on Sundays, typical opening hours 9.00 – 21.30 (10.00 – 21.00 on Sundays)
Carrefour – Some stores open on Sundays, opening hours vary
El Corte Inglés – Some stores open on Sundays, opening hours vary
There are also many organic supermarkets, often featuring “bio” in the name. These can be expensive but are often the only place in which to find certain meat alternatives or more exotic fruit and vegetables.
*Consum has a branch of stores known as Charter, some of which are open on Sundays.