When is your Spanish supermarket open during Semana Santa?

by Lorraine Williamson
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MADRID – Easter 2022 is just around the corner and that means there are some holidays when many businesses will close their doors. Supermarkets adjust their opening hours to the festivities so that their customers can still do their last Easter shopping in time. 

Holy Week starts on Palm Sunday, April 10, and ends on Easter Monday, April 18. Although there are processions almost every day of the week in many places, most businesses usually don’t close until Jueves Santo (Maundy Thursday). Good Friday (18 April)  is the only national holiday of this week and is thus celebrated across the country.  

Maundy Thursday (April 14) is a public holiday in all of Spain except Catalonia and finally, Easter Monday (April 18) is a public holiday in the Balearic Islands, in the Valencian Community, Catalonia, La Rioja, Navarra, and the Basque Country. 

The opening hours of supermarkets such as Mercadona, El Corte Inglés, Lidl, Aldi, Dia or Carrefour may also differ. That is why it is useful to know on which days which supermarkets are open in which time periods. 

Mercadona 

Normally closed on all Sundays and public holidays, Juan Roig’s company adapts to the holiday period and is open on Maundy Thursday in the morning, from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm in those communities where Jueves Santo is not a public holiday. Furthermore, all branches are closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Mercadona will also close its supermarkets on Monday, April 11 in communities where this is a public holiday. 

Carrefour 

The French supermarket chain Carrefour is normally open on many holidays. Much the same applies to Easter week. The branches will be open without restrictions on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Monday from 9.00 am to 10.00 pm. However, please note this schedule may change locally here and there depending on the location and type of supermarket (Carrefour Express, hypermarket, etc.) 

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Lidl 

This Easter week, consumers cannot count on Lidl on Good Friday, Easter Sunday, and Easter Monday. Then all branches are closed. Only those Lidl branches are open on Maundy Thursday where this is not a public holiday. Then you can visit it from 9.00 am to 9.00 pm. In regions where Maundy Thursday is not a working day, the supermarkets are open from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm. 

El Corte Ingles 

The large Spanish department stores of El Corte Inglés open every day at Easter, except on Good Friday. On Easter Monday, the branches are only closed in the autonomous regions where this is a day off. 

Dia 

The Dia supermarkets have chosen this Semana Santa to keep their branches open and also keep their usual opening hours. Although on Palm Sunday, for example, the shops open from 10.00 am to 2.30 pm, while they are open from 9.00 am to 9.30 pm on both Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. However, this schedule may vary depending on the city and supermarket. 

Consum 

The Consum supermarkets open on Maundy Thursday. They are closed on Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. 

Aldi 

The German supermarket chain Aldi has published a detailed overview on its website with opening times per branch throughout Spain. Click here to view it. 

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