The large French retailer Carrefour operate over 12,000 stores in 30 countries including Spain, and self catering holidaymakers to Benidorm will be glad to know there is a Carrefour Supermarket here too. Their stores are divided into hypermarkets, supermarkets and convenience stores, often located at petrol stations (gasolineras).
Their convenience stores are very handy for a selection of everyday items although they are a lot more limited than the supermarkets and prices are higher. Their hypermarkets are impressive and stock a fantastic range of products including large clothing and electronics departments just to name a few. Surprisingly for its size, Benidorm doesn't have a hypermarket whereas the smaller city of Torrevieja does (this is Spain!).
There are actually 6 branches in Benidorm, 3 of which are express (convenience) outlets. The Carrefour Supermarket outlets usually offer free parking, although in the peak summer months some people abuse this facility and use the parking for their own needs, making it difficult at times to find a space. The air conditioned stores are bright and modern and the staff polite and attentive. Entrances and floor space are easily negotiable for wheelchair users and their is ample shopping trolleys and baskets, as well as an efficient customer service desk.
Aside from excellently stocked shelves offering all the usual tinned, bottled and dry goods, there are separate departments for fruit & veg, meat & fish and an in-store bakery. These departments are run by highly trained staff, are meticulously clean and the produce super fresh. Most departments and aisles offer both local and imported products and there is a good selection of organic and vegetarian options, as well as gluten and lactose free products.
Other departments include homeware, clothing, electrical goods, kitchenware, cleaning products and hair & beauty. Carrefour Supermarket is great for bulk buys as they have daily discounts and special offers, but read the display signs carefully as most offers are only when buying multiple items.
Store Locations & Opening Times
- Carrefour Express – Av. Armada Espanola, 11. Monday to Saturday 09:00 – 22:00
- Carrefour Express – Av. del Mediterráneo, 43. Monday to Saturday 09:00 – 22:00
- Carrefour Express – Av. Alcoi, 7. (times not available)
- Carrefour Supermarket – Av. de Ruzafa, 41. (times not available)
- Carrefour Supermarket – Ctra. Nueva de Finestrat a La Cala. Monday to Sunday 09:00 – 22:00
- Carrefour Supermarket – Calle Gandia, 5. Monday to Sunday 09:00 – Midnight.