With eating out not an option for a large part of last year, people in Spain focused all their attention on what they bought at the supermarket.
Many picked up on the fact that products that were part of their weekly shop were more expensive than they used to be, especially for fresh produce (5 percent increase).
The average price rise for grocery bills for all supermarkets in Spain was 2.8 percent in 2020, according to the latest study by Spanish consumer rights group OCU, which used a shopping basket of 229 products for their research.
Mercadona (+3.7 percent) and Alcampo (+3.2 percent) were the supermarkets that increased their prices the most, even though they still feature heavily in our list of the cheapest supermarkets per province below.
These may seem like small sums but depending on where you are in Spain, saving can go from €3,200 (in Madrid) to around €529 in Lugo in northwestern Spain.
Keep in mind that the average household in Spain spends €5,151 per year on grocery shopping, and that in these uncertain times cost cutting is certainly important, we hope that the following list proves useful to you.
*One last thing: you may be surprised to see that neither Lidl or Aldi are featured in the list below as the cheapest supermarkets in any of Spain’s 50 provinces. The latest reports from March 2021 suggest that the German low-cost giants are aggressively driving down prices in Spain to attract a more thrifty shopper, so they might feature in next year’s edition.
Here are the cheapest supermarkets for each of Spain’s provinces, in alphabetical order:
A Coruña (Galicia) – Alcampo
Álava (Basque Country) – Mercadona
Albacete (Castilla-La Mancha) – Alcampo
Alicante ( Valencia region) – Alcampo
Almería (Andalusia) – Alcampo
Asturias (Asturias) – Alcampo
Ávila (Castilla y León) – Dia Maxi
Badajoz (Extremadura) – Eurospar
Balearic Islands – Mercadona
Barcelona (Catalonia) – Alcampo
Burgos (Castilla y León) – Tifer
Cáceres (Extremadura) – Maxcoop
Cádiz (Andalusia) – Cash Fresh
Cantabria (Cantabria) – Mercadona
Castellón ( Valencia region) – Supeco
Ciudad Real (Castilla-La Mancha) – Mercadona
Córdoba (Andalusia) – Cash Fresh
Cuenca (Castilla-La Mancha) – Alcampo
Girona (Catalonia) – Mercadona
Granada (Andalusia) – Alcampo
Guadalajara (Castilla-La Mancha) – Mercadona
Guipúzcoa (Basque Country) – Alcampo
Huelva (Andalusia) – Mercadona
Huesca (Aragon) – Alcampo
Jaén (Andalusia) – Dani
La Rioja (La Rioja) – Alcampo
Las Palmas (Canary Islands) – Alcampo
León (Castilla y León) – Maysmas
Lérida (Catalonia) – Mercadona
Lugo (Galicia) – Gadis
Madrid – Supeco
Málaga (Andalusia) – Supeco
Murcia – Alcampo
Navarra – Mercadona
Orense (Galicia) – Gadis
Palencia (Castilla y León) – Tifer
Pontevedra (Galicia) – Gadis
Salamanca (Castilla y León) – Gadis
Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Canary Islands) – Alcampo
Segovia (Castilla y León) – Mercadona
Sevilla (Andalusia) – Alcampo
Soria (Castilla y León) – Dia Maxi
Tarragona (Catalonia) – Mercadona
Teruel (Aragon) – Alcampo
Toledo (Castilla-La Mancha) – Alcampo
Valencia ( Valencia region) – Consum
Valladolid (Castilla y León) – Tifer
Vizcaya (Basque Country) – Mercadona
Zamora (Castilla y León) – Tifer
Zaragoza (Aragon) – Alcampo