Because of Covid-19 making things difficult this year, many Brits will be staying in Spain for the festive Christmas period, instead of going back to our home countries to spend the time with family, perhaps for the first time.
While it may mean missing friends and family, it doesn’t necessarily have to mean missing out on the things that make it feel like a traditional Christmas. Mince pies, Christmas puddings and crackers may be a little tricky to find in some places in Spain, but it’s not impossible.
The Local has scoured the country to find the best places to source your British Christmas treats, for those who don't feel quite up to the task of making it all from scratch!
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Overseas Supermarkets stock a range of different British products, including many from Iceland and Waitrose. They have branches across the Costa del Sol, the Costa Blanca, Alicante, the Canary Islands, Ibiza, Murcia and Almeria. They sell British Christmas stapes including mince pies, Christmas pudding, ginger sponge pudding and Christmas cake, among others.
The Food Co. a new chain of British supermarkets which opened its doors across Spain this year, and have branches in Puerto de Mazarrón, Ibiza, Mijas and Ciudad Quesada in Alicante. They sell mostly Tesco-branded products, as well as other much-loved British treats.
Taste of America stores can be found in many of the major cities in Spain including Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla and Valencia. While they stock mainly American holiday treats such as candy canes and cranberry sauce, they do sometimes sell British items too.
Mince pies. Image: bluemorphs/Pixabay
The gourmet food section of El Corte Ingles is always a good place to look when searching for anything out of the ordinary that you can’t find in the regular supermarkets here. You should be able to find a selection of mince pies and they sometimes stock Christmas crackers too.
Dealz, which is similar to a Poundland-type shop also often sells British favourites and can be found in Madrid, Valencia, Malaga, Alicante, and various towns on the Costa del Sol.
While it’s easy to make your own mulled wine, if you want to buy it instead, both Ikea and Lidl have good alternatives. Ikea sells the Swedish version called glogg, while Lidl has the traditional German glühwein.
If you’re spending the holidays in Barcelona, the best place to pick up your traditional British Christmas fair is A Taste of Home supermarket, which also has branches just down the coast in Sitges and in Cubelles. They stock everything from Christmas crackers and Christmas puddings to brandy sauce, stuffing mix and chocolate selection boxes.
Christmas pudding. Image: James Petts/WikiCommons
Mercat Central Valencia has a specialist British food stall which sells Christmas must-haves such as mince pies, Christmas puddings, crackers and golden syrup to make those all-important Christmas gingerbread men.
While primarily a Romanian supermarket Sweet Home in Lliria, Valencia does sell as an excellent range of vegetarian products for those of you making vegetarian Christmas feasts this year. These include Quorn and Linda McCartney brands.
Andalusia is one of the easiest regions in Spain to source any British products, including Christmas ones, due to the number of Brits living there and the international shops and supermarkets.
As well as the Overseas stockists of Iceland and Waitrose and the new Food Co. there are Marks & Spencer stores in Marbella and Malaga. Overseas Supermarkets can be found in Puerto Banus, Mijas and Pueblo Nuevo, among others.
Go for the Spanish experience!
Spain of course has its own Christmas traditions and this being Spain, food is at the very heart of it. Don't miss out on trying seasonal treats such as Roscon de Reyes cake, turron and so much more!