Benidorm Shopping – LOCALS GUIDE to the Best Supermarkets, Malls & Shops…

No holiday would be complete without a touch of shopping. Benidorm indeed is a shopper’s paradise.

When you have sunned yourself on Benidorm’s sunny beaches of Playa Poniente and Playa Levante, gone to all Benidorm’s night clubs and discos, visited Benidorm’s four theme parks of Terra Mitica, Terra Natura, Aqualandia and Mundomar as well as enjoyed dinner and a show at the Benidorm Palace, wined and dined on the promenades then now it is time to do some shopping.

La Marina Shopping Mall

Benidorm has a commercial area in Finestrat with a shopping mall called La Marina. You can’t miss it. It is just off the N332 and can be seen from the motorway. There is a massive Carrefour, Lidl and McDonalds across the road with ample free parking.

The mall itself has all the typical Spanish & European major retailers such as Mango, Zara, Casa, Ale Hop, Douglas, Druni, C&A, Gerry Weber, Guess, Häagen Dazs, Jack & Jones, Massimo Dutti, Orange, Paco Martínez, Vodafone and H&M.

There is also a good food court including Burger King and cinema.

Centro Comercial La Marina
Atención de Gerencia
Avenida del País Valencià 2
03509 Finestrat (Alicante)

Shops in Benidorm Old Town

Some of the most popular shops in Benidorm can be found in the Avenida Martinez Alejos in the pedestrianised Old Town district. More shops can be found along the Passaig de la Carretera where there are many shop selling leather goods around the Plaza Mayor. You can get some great shoes and handbags at great prices to take home with you.

Benidorm’s Levante and Rincon de Loix districts are home to Benidorm’s top fashion boutiques with supermarkets, gifts and souvenir shops.

The Chinese bazaars offer the best value for money. The prices are very cheap. In these you can buy all sorts of goods such as sunglasses, beach towels, suncream, swimming trunks and ladies swimsuits and bikinis at rock-bottom prices.

Markets

Benidorm also has the markets that are typical to the Costa Blanca being on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Near the Hotel Pueblo is right in the centre of the town, neighbouring Altea’s markets attracts shoppers from further afield and is held on Tuesdays. The markets usually offer local produce, of fruit and vegetables, clothes, shoes, art, carpets, handicrafts, antiques and much much more, definitely a worth-while shopping experience.

El Cisne is the well known flea market held every Sunday and once every month on a Saturday as well. Featuring bric a brac and collector’s items, true bargains can be made.

If jewellery is what you after there are a large variety of jewellery stores in Benidorm selling 14kt gold at reasonable prices many set in precious stones giving it that Spanish style making it some memorable pieces to take home.

Typically of the Mediterranean countries Spain also has its fair share of leather shops selling bags, shoes, belts, jackets and purses. Leather in Spanish is piel so keep a lookout for the trademark.

The most popular leather stores scattered around the streets of Benidorm can be found around the Passeig de la Carretera, the Avenida del Mediterraneo and the main promenade near the Rincon de Loix.

Of course there many Chinese bazaar and other little Spanish shops selling some fairly good quality eye catching clothes for very little money. Also if you have children make sure to make a flamenco dress and matching shoes a treat to take home not to mention the typical tourist shops selling post cards, sun screen, swimming costumes, sombreros, etc.

Indoor Market Benidorm

The Benidorm Indoor Market is located on the Calle Girona in the Rincon de Loix district of Benidorm and has three entrances all of which are wheel chair and scooter accessible. The Indoor Market is open from eight in the morning until six in the evening from Monday to Friday and from eight until three on Saturday. The Indoor Market is closed on Sundays.

The Benidorm Indoor Market is very popular with tourists and is busy all year round. Interestingly the majority of the vendors are British selling British goods and services.

There is a variety of shops and services in the market which includes the Picnic Park good for sandwiches, Sheila’s Money Exchange, Super Drogueria for wines and spirits, Hepburn’s Hair and Nail Salon, Dream Feet Foot Spa, Andy’s Mobile Phone Shop, Salvador the Butcher, Browse Awhile Bookstore, Just Denise Curtains, Jenny’s Fashion Benidorm, Cafeteria and Bar Jose.

Sheila’s is a good place to exchange money. You do need to bring your passport if you wish to exchange currency and on subsequent visits you can just bring the ticket from your prior exchange. There are no commission charges and offer some of the best rates in town. Needless to say there is always a queue.

The Benidorm Indoor Market is the place to shop for accessories and costume jewellery starting at €1.60 and good quality leather handbags, shoes and belts starting from as little as €30.

Opening Hours

Shopping hours in Benidorm are from ten in the morning until two in the afternoon. Shops close during the hot summer hours siesta time and open again between four and five in the afternoon until eight in the evening.

The big supermarkets such as the Mercadonna, Carrefour Benidorm, and Masymas usually open their doors at nine in the morning until nine in the evening. These shops are also good places to keep a look out for discount vouchers to Benidorm’s theme parks.

However these supermarkets are often closed on Sundays (except July and August) but smaller mini-markets will be open.

Supermarkets in Benidorm

We are often being asked:

Where are the best supermarkets in Benidorm?
Do you have a map of supermarkets in Benidorm?
Where can I buy British food products in Benidorm?

If you are coming on holiday to Benidorm and you are renting a self-catering apartment then you no doubt will want to know where the nearest supermarkets and shops are.

Hypermarket Carrefour Planet Benidorm Finistrat

We believe the French owned Carrefour to be the best supermarket to visit as it is the biggest in Benidorm and prices are low.

It is best to get on the bus to the shopping centre of La Marina in Finistrat where you will find the huge Carrefour supermarket which has many British and English foods if you can’t do without your familiar brands.

Here you can do a big shop and stock up for your week in Benidorm. Take some bags as plastic bags at the checkout are charged for.

Carrefour logo (image hosted by carrefour.es)

Carrefour Address:

Ctra. Nueva de Finestrat a La Cala, km. 5

03509 Finestrat (ver mapa)

Telephone:  902 20 20 00

Opening Hours:

Monday to Saturday: 09:00 to 24:00

If you are in the Rincon de Loix part of Benidorm (where the Benidorm Palace is located) which is just outside of the popular Levante area you can go to the Carrefour Express on Avenida Mediterraneo. The prices are the same as the main Carrefour at La Marina and the opening hours are 9am until 11pm Monday to Friday.

You can also get beer, spirits and cigarettes at prices much cheaper than in the UK.

For tobacco look out for the yellow and brown sign saying “Tabacos” – they are official shops as licensed by the Spanish government and prices will be controlled. Cigarettes will be much cheaper here in cartons in comparison to buying individual packs fom vending machines in the bars and clubs.

Here are some sample prices:

  • Mayfair  200  €40.00
  • Marlboro 200  €45.00
  • Lambert & Butler 200 €43.50
  • JPS 200 €39.50
  • Old Holborn 10 x 50g €67.50
  • Golden Virginia 10 x 50g €67.50
  • Silk Cut 200 €45.00
  • Benson & Hedges 200 €45.00

In these tabacos, you can also buy stamps and post letters which is much easier than finding a Post Office which will frequently have long queues.

Iceland in Benidorm

The popular frozen-food chain Iceland now has a branch in Benidorm.

The Iceland store (opposite La Marina mall) sells exactly the same food products you would get back in the Iceland store in the United Kingdom, for just a small amount more in Euros.

To get there follow the signs for Carrefour, Iceland is on the same roundabout as the entrance to Carrefour

Address:

Avenida Federico Garcia Lorca,
20 – 22
03509 Finestrat
Alicante
Telephone 965 854 335
Email benidorm@overseas.es

Opening Hours:

Monday to Saturday 9am to 8pm, closed Sundays.

Benidorm Shopping Page Summary – Visitors to Benidorm can enjoy a great variety of shopping from the markets, the cheap Chinese bazaars to the designer shops at the La Marina Mall in Benidorm. The Carrefour supermarket in Benidorm is a huge hypermarket with many types of food from Spanish to English (British).

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