When I'm traveling, I enjoy exploring local supermarkets at my destination. By this, I don't mean the touristy convenience store next to the hotel but rather the larger supermarkets where the locals do their shopping. It provides a unique insight into the daily life of the local population, without the touristy frills.
On Tenerife, these large supermarkets, such as Mercadona, Lidl, and Carrefour, are often just outside the tourist zone, which is somewhat inconvenient if you don't have a car.
Usually, they are reasonably accessible by public transportation, but if you plan to get fresh groceries, a bus might not be so pleasant when you're sandwiched between commuters with your heavy shopping bags.
A taxi is a rather expensive alternative. Just like renting a car solely for grocery shopping once a week.
Fortunately, there is an affordable solution: you can simply have the groceries delivered to your (holiday) address!
I have compared the available supermarkets that offer home delivery across the island (Mercadona, Carrefour, and Alcampo), and Mercadona emerged as the best supplier. Not only does this chain use 100% electric and emission-free delivery vans (= sustainable), but the website where you can place orders is also available in English and German. Ideal for those who don't master the local language. The Mercadona App is currently not available in the Canary Islands, but for ordering groceries, the website works perfectly.
How to place an order?
To shop for groceries online at Mercadona, visit the following website: https://www.mercadona.es/.
In the menu, you can then set the desired language. Enter the postcode of your (holiday) address. After this, you will arrive at the registration page. The registration only needs to be done once. The next time you order groceries, you just need to log in, and you can place your order directly.
When registering, you can enter a foreign mobile number, but you need to include the country code. The number is mainly intended so that the delivery person can call if they are at your holiday complex with the groceries and are not sure how to reach your front door. Also, it doesn't matter if you are a permanent resident or not; the most important thing is that the delivery person can easily find your (holiday) address.
The delivery costs are €7.21, with a minimum purchase of €50. Delivery takes place from Monday to Saturday between 09:00 a.m. and 08:00 p.m. You can choose the delivery time yourself, but keep in mind that there might be a day between ordering and delivery.
You can pay with Visa, Visa Electron, Mastercard, and local payment methods (for Spanish residents) such as 4B, 6000, and Bizum.
To help you get started, here's a short YouTube presentation:
Any further questions?
If you have any further questions about ordering groceries online from Mercadona, you can call the toll-free customer number: 800 500 220, or fill out the comment form.
So far, some practical tips. I hope this information can help (temporary) fellow residents to obtain fresh groceries in a stress free manner.
Kind regards from Tenerife, and ¡Hasta Pronto!