Many expats and visitors to the Costa del Sol delight in assimilating themselves into the wonderful Spanish culture and begin to see boquerones (sardines) and ensaladilla russa (Russian salad) as their go-to lunchtime snack where once they would have eaten a sandwich and a packet of crisps!
However even the most committed hispanophile may occasionally need something that can only be purchased in a UK-originated shop. Here’s a handy guide for just those occasions!
Marks and Spencer
La Cañada, Marbella
The old favourite, whether it’s M&S underwear or just the reassuring presence of an old favourite transplanted from home, this branch also contains a small food store, which while compact, has a surprisingly large range of ambient and frozen favourites.
Miramar Centre, Fuengirola
Many people swear by this cheap-and-cheerful clothes shop which has become a firm favourite in the Fuengirola shopping centre. A huge space, all the old favourites can be found here and it is just as good value here as in the UK.
Parque Miramar and Puerto Banús
This hybrid store actually caters for everyone, with old familiars such as frozen sausage rolls to be found alongside a wide choice of exotic spices and sauce mixes – as well as a huge range of produce and most of your favourite brands. The Mijas Costa store also has a great English butcher stocking both UK, Irish and Spanish meats. The Puerto Banús store is smaller and doesn’t have the choice of meat, but is handy for things like kids snacks and the more popular ranges of everyday items.
There are several English butchers up and down the coast, selling everything the avowed British carnivore could wish for! Just keep a look out in local English-language journals to find the one nearest to you.
Of course, nowadays in the UK the high street is full of shops such as Zara, Pull and Bear, Oysho and Massimo Dutti. What you may not know is that in fact all these and more are owned by Inditex, the Spanish clothing giant, who exports around the world, so while you may be looking for a little bit of the UK in Spain, it is surprisingly far from difficult to find a bit of Spain in the UK!