Ibiza has artistic roots going back to the early 60s where painters, artists and designers flocked to the beautiful island enjoying it’s freedom of expression, free spirit and unique atmosphere.
The hippie movement spread throughout Ibiza, and it’s laidback, carefree spirit lives on today.
Though mainstream tourism has slightly diluted certain areas of it’s hippy spirit, there are still many corners laced with it’s presence.
The Hippy Markets are still present on the island, and are a must visit when visiting the island.
The biggest market is Punta Arabí Hippy Market, located in Es Canar every Wednesday. This was the original market and I look forward to visiting every year and doing a big shop! Here you will find items from all over the world and mostly handmade, from clothing to textiles, jewellery to homewares and trinkets. Vendors follow the winding paths beneath pine trees, shaded by canopies of material, from the Spanish sun. There is a lovely area to the right as you enter the market, with a large pond full of lotus flowers.
There are bars and restaurants located within the market with live music and the deep smell of incense.
I recommend getting to the market early, I always aim for 10am when it opens as it can get extremely crowded and it’s nicer to explore when quieter. We catch the L18 from Santa Eulalia which runs every 20 minutes. The market is open 10am until 7pm from April to October.
The second largest Hippy Market is Las Dalias Night Market. Las Dalias is open Monday and Tuesday from June to September 7pm until 1am. We catch the L16 from Santa Eulalia to Sant Carles, the bus makes a stop on route outside the market. We then get a taxi back which costs around 10 euros. Stalls selling beautiful artisan crafts, silk clothing, paintings, jewellery and much more under a canopy of beautiful flowers , it is a truly beautiful bohemian market. I will note that the market stalls are slightly pricier than at Punta Arabi.
There are a number of restaurants, cafes, bars and live music. In our last visit we chose to eat at a restaurant up a staircase, selling delicious falafel homemade by a lovely lady wearing a very Frida Khalo inspired outfit!
There are street markets in most towns around Ibiza. I have been to the market in Santa Eulalia which is on every day except Sundays in the Ramblas area opposite the fountains from 10am. The other I have visited is in Ibiza Town, which is on every evening in the narrow streets in the old quarter from the late afternoon.
There are further Hippy Markets around the island in San Rafael, Mercadillo Sant Jordi, San Juan and a number of others but I am yet to visit these!