Food,  Spain

Grocery hauls in the Canary Islands

In Fuerteventura, we stayed in apartments with a kitchen, which is always convenient – cook your own meals and avoid eating out too much. Saves you a lot of money. During a 10-day period we visited a supermarket on two occasions to buy groceries. Boring details but if someone would like to know – here’s where we shopped and what we bought:

EUROSPAR: The first shop stop after landing in Fuerteventura and picking up our rental car. It was the biggest supermarket on the main highway Fv-2 not far from the airport, inside Fuerteventura Atlantic Mall. The shop was easy to navigate, well- organised and spacious. It was not crowded when we were there so that made shopping for groceries less stressful. The fruits and veg section, always first. I love seeing such a variety of fruits, we don’t see such in Finnish stores. I started to pile up stuff including some locally made jam (there was apricot, fig, aloe vera..). The fruits and vegetables weighing system was a bit different than in Finland. We had to gather our items and wait for a shop staff to come weigh and tag them for us. Other than that it was easy to pick items and there were the regulars we stick to such as bread, oats, nuts, legumes, rice, pasta etc. We didn’t find a specially marked bio or vegan products section but found the stock of plant milks and a good beans section.

Finally left with a few days worth of groceries. Also got a 8l bottle of mineral water (which lasted for about 5 days). Presented below is most of the rest. The canned ‘ vietnamese curry vegano’ was strong-tasting – I didn’t like it too much. The Provamel bio -oat drink is great, don’t think we’ve had that one before. Some whole grain bread, baked beans, tomato puree, baby corn, spinach, sundried tomatoes, potato chips snack.

The next time we shopped for groceries was when we arrived at Corralejo. This time we tried the HiperDino chain of supermarkets which are also common around the Canary Islands. The HiperDino Dunas Corralejo was in a central square with open restaurants and tourist shops, with free parking. It was also neat and well-organised and there was no trouble finding everything we needed. One thing was good about it – there was a great bio & eco products area which also included some processed vegan food items. ‘100% Vegetal’ label means it is plant-based! We tried a seitan which was pretty good. Pictures below.

If you’re looking for wines, it’s not easy to know which ones are vegan because not all have the label. If you are familiar with the wines then go with something you recognize. I saw the Spanish wine Vina Esmeralda that I’ve found in Finland (white wine). This was a rose and it also had the ‘Vegano’ label – turned out to be a really good one, would highly recommend.

We picked up a few snacks for the beach – the Mios! chips were very tasty and had the V label. The guacamole and salsa found in the veggies section were vegan. There was a selection of nuts and dry fruits to choose from. I spotted some dairy free ice cream (Solero) but didn’t buy. All- in- all a good place to shop for groceries.

Some points to remember while shopping for groceries in the Canary Islands or Spain in general:

  • Plenty of fruits and veggies.
  • Vegan labelled products exist with the usual V symbol and ‘Vegano’ written below it.
  • 100% Vegetal means it is vegan (100% plant-based)
  • Find vegan readymade items (e.g. tofu, seitan, burgers) at the Bio section (not everything there is vegan though)
  • ‘Sin’ – the word means ‘without’ something.
  • ‘Leche’- means milk – referring to dairy milk.
  • ‘Sin leche’ means that the product is dairy free.
  • Bio label – the product is bio/organic.
  • Almendras – Almond
  • Avena – Oats
  • Arroz – Rice

Other stuff:

You will definitely see Canarian Aloe Vera products selling everywhere. I bought at least one 100ml aloe shampoo which was very nice! I would have liked to buy some body creams as well but I left with only the Babaria Cannabis seed oil hand cream. It was nice to see that many products had a cruelty-free label.

If you want to shop for accessories and clothes I would recommend Koala Bay. I loved the stuff they had at the shop in Morro Jable, plus good music playing, friendly staff, awesome clothes, shoes and accesories.

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