Particularly for those of you new to Cartagena I list below the main supermarkets accessible by foot (that is those I’m willing to walk to and my walking times which is not fast). I have tried to give the easiest walking directions taking the route I use. It should be noted that in the time we have been here these supermarkets have been shut on Sundays (except the Carrefour express, see below). The Carrefour Hypermarket located at Centro Comercial Espacio Mediterráneoon, the out of town shopping centre, is open on a Sunday. The number 4 bus goes here during the week (catch from outside Carrefour on Paseo de Alfonso Xiii) or approximately a €10 taxi ride each way.
Davo – Plaza de Risueño, 5, – open 7 days a week (except during holidays in August)
This is the nearest bakery to the marina and has a great selection of bread and pastries. Go straight on out of marina up Calle Gisbert, at crossroads, carry straight on into Calle de la Caridad. Davo is a few metres up on the left hand side.
Lidl – 20mins – Avda. América, 12, 30203
Turn right out of marina, left at traffic island Cuesta Del Batel, past/through the battle green under the wall, past bus and tram station, at traffic island, turn right – Lidl just ahead (to the right of the train station).
Note: There is a Dia Supermarket just on the other side of the train station.
Mercadona – 20 minutes – Calle Carlos III, 44
Turn right out of marina, left at traffic island Cuesta Del Batel, past the battle green under the wall, past bus and tram station, at traffic island go straight on Calle Capitanes Ripoll and Mercadona is on the left hand side behind the skate park before the next traffic island. It is virtually invisible from the road.
Mercadona – 20 minutes -Plaza de España, 6
Straight up Calle Major (main shopping street) into Calle Carmen, over the large traffic island at Plaza Espana and small entrance to Mercadona on left hand side past the petrol station
Spar – 10 minutes – Calle Santiago, 21
Turn right out of marina, at traffic island turn right on to Paseo del Muelle, just before main entrance to fishing port on opposite side is a sliding metal gate in front of a church, Parroquia de Santiago Apóstol, cross the square to the right and the Spar is on the same street as the church
Spar – 20 minutes – Calle Carmen, 59
Straight on from Calle Major into Calle Carmen on left hand side near the end of the shopping street
Carrefour Express on Calle Major – 15 minutes – open most Sundays but not in August
On Calle Major opposite Ale Hop (shop with a big black/white cow stood outside) or just past the Naval General’s home which flies a large Spanish flag (for info, every night there is a small ceremony where this flag is “piped down” at sunset)
Carrefour Superstore – 25 minutes – Paseo De Alfonso Xiii
Right out of marina, left at traffic island Cuesta Del Batel, past the battle green under the wall, past bus and tram station, at traffic island go straight on Calle Capitanes Ripoll, at next traffic island** turn right onto Paseo De Alfonso Xiii and Carrefour is on the opposite side of the road next to a Burger King. ** For information if you turn left and follow this road it will end up at Plaza Espana at the end of Calle Carmen
Fruit/Vegetable/Fish Market – Calle Juan Fernandez
Go straight on out of marina up Calle Gisbert, at crossroads, carry straight up Calle de la Caridad into Calle de la Serrata. Turn left alongside the Military Museum on Calle del Parque, at the traffic island turn right into Calle Juan Fernandez – the market is in the large building on the left hand side
Fabric/Clothes/Homewares Market – Wednesday only
Directions to be added in the near future.
There are other supermarkets and small food stores around the city but hopefully I have included the largest and nearest ones. Some of the larger ones also deliver if you spend a certain amount. Certainly the large Carrefour do – check at the customer service desk in store. Additionally, the marina office sells bags of ice for €2 and has stock all year round.
If any errors above, or anyone has a better walking route, I am happy to amend as required.