Ibiza Hippy Markets are world famous.
I don’t know about you, but there are few things that are finer than trawling the markets of Ibiza.
Theoretically, you could go to an Ibiza market every day of your stay. All you need is some transport and a wide brimmed hat to protect yourself from the sun.
I suppose you could do what I do and just pick up a new one on your first day of browsing. At the start of the season, I pick up a trusty new hat for the summer and hope it lasts. You do tend to get what you pay for with headgear as with all things, but seven euro for a paper hat that lasts three months (if I’m lucky) is fine enough for me!
I digress already, and the blog hasn’t even started. Easy to do when you start thinking about getting lost in the markets. I am of course blessed to be able to take my time over my visits to the Ibiza Hippy Markets, the flea markets, and the farmer’s markets. All have a special place in my heart, for different reasons. Here’s the low down on the markets you can get to on your visit to Ibiza; there is honestly something for everybody.
Ibiza HIPPY MARKET PUNTA ARABI
Where is Ibiza Hippy Market Punta Arabi? Es Cana
When is Ibiza Hippy Market Punta Arabi? Every Wednesday
– April, May & October from 10.00 – 18.00
– June, July & September from 10.00 – 19.00
– August from 10.00 – 20.00
We’ll begin with the big daddy. The world famous Ibiza Hippy Market Punta Arabi. For 44 years the market has been growing, from a small collective of arts and crafts-minded hippies to a powerhouse with over 500 stalls, live music and a multitude of food stands.
With such a huge site come demands beyond that of the average market. The revenues and the accompanying human traffic are massive, which means in August it can become too much for those of us with small children or movement issues. Nevertheless, there is no other market on Ibiza with such a wide variety of products. From leatherwork, hand –crafted jewelry and kitschy chintz to unique fashions. It’s pretty safe to say that the bohemian styles on Ibiza are inimitable, and you’re not likely to find such a large gathering of the signature Ibizan fashion anywhere else.
BEST FOR: Getting lost in the crowds and finding adventure.
Mercadillo Artesanal Dominical Sant Joan de Labritja
Where is the San Joan Market? Main Street, San Joan de Labritja
When is the San Joan Market? Every Sunday from 10.00 – 15.00
Sant Joan is a sleepy village in the North of the Island, untouched by mass market tourism. This is the playground of the O.G hippies from the 60s and 70s, mixing with the agro-tourists, artists, and Ibicencans. You might suspect with this melting pot of residents that Sant Joan has an unusual hippy market. And you’d be right! As with most things in Sant Joan, it’s just a little more classy.
This is an artisans market with a cultured air, selling fresh fruits and vegetables, organic products, fresh bread, homemade olive oil- some of the best on the island- and of course the second-hand goods that are ever present.
An atmosphere of cool class awaits you. Not the brash nouveau riche styling that pretends to class, but the kind of dignity that comes from sincerity.
Handmade organic, wellness and aromatic goods, therapists of Eastern medicine, live music and second-hand stalls jumble along together with the sound of live music. You can walk from one end of Sant Joan to the other in five minutes, but don’t miss out on seeing the church. It is a beautiful example of the 18th Century architecture that features in most churches on the island. Stop in at The Giri Café for lunch and experience the North island culture with some great food.
Music starts at around midday after the morning mass has taken place, and the ambient sounds flow perfectly with the laid back atmosphere. Sant Joan is a million miles away from clubland.
BEST FOR: Stepping back in time.
IBIZA HIPPY MARKET LAS DALIAS
Where is the Ibiza Hippy Market Las Dalias? San Carlos
When is the Ibiza Hippy Market Las Dalias? – Every Saturday, all year round.
April to October from 10.00 to 20.00
October to April from 10.00 to 18.00
Once upon a time, back in 1985, gallery owner Helga Watson and Juanito Marí started the first Las Dalias market with five stalls of handicrafts, clothes and small treasures from the East. Today, 32 years later and with more than 200 stalls, this spirit is maintained: gifts made with great love and care for people who appreciate originality and entrepreneurial spirit.
Probably the widest variety of crafts available anywhere on the island – at least consistently – Las Dalias has grown so famous as to go on tour around Europe during the winter months. The market organization also sponsors a literary prize for Catalan writers, and is an active participant in the promotion and care of Ibiza abroad, cementing their pace in island culture.
As with the other hippy markets, music plays a big part with both live bands and DJs, and a great hippy party ‘Namaste’ every Wednesday throughout the summer months.
Since 2005 Las Dalias Night Market has taken place between 19:00 and midnight on Mondays and Tuesdays, from June. This inspired move enables everybody to get a chance to visit, and if you’re not a fan of crowds this more chilled sunset session is for you. Bring the little ones at any time and the Kids Space performers will entertain them with puppet theatre and games. I see many grateful parents taking a welcome break this way!
In the offseason for you all year residents, Las Dalias arranges an annual Christmas Market, Holy Week (Semana Santa) and a great Easter Market too.
BEST FOR: the perfect evening shopping
SANT JORDI MARKET
Where is Sant Jordi Market? San Jordi Hipódromo
When is Sant Jordi Market? Saturdays from 08.00 to 15.00
The Rastrillo or flea market at Sant Jordi will have forever a place in my heart. When we first moved to the island last year we lived a 2km hike up the road from the old Hipodrómo. Naturally, one of the first things we did was march back down, melting a little in the April heat, to lose ourselves in the chaos.
One part Bartertown from Mad Max (Beyond Thunderdome, the one with Tina Turner) and one part jumble sale with bongo drummers, Sant Jordi is always a surprise. Whether it’s people clearing their houses, traders with handcrafted clothes or art, even industrial and gardening equipment- there’s something for everyone.
If you’re around towards the end of the season you can find some real bargains. The summer residents sell off the things they won’t take home which means low prices! I picked up a snorkeling mask last year for two euros. As a Yorkshireman (famed for having short arms and deep pockets) that was a real delight.
BEST FOR: Finding the things you never knew you needed or wanted.
MERCADILLO HIPPY CALA LLONGA
Where is the Ibiza Hippy Market Cala Llonga? Cala Llonga
When is the Ibiza Hippy Market Cala Llonga? : May to October, Thursdays from 18.00 until Midnight
Cala Llonga is a great destination for a visit at any time, but take my advice and go and enjoy this great sheltered beach on a Thursday. After relaxing on some of the softest sand on the island, watch and wait.
Local artisans will bring their stalls, packed with handmade trinkets and artifacts from right here on Ibiza. There is quite often a stall that sells handcrafted beauty products, including a salt scrub made from Ibizan salt. Cala Llonga Market is one of the smallest ones on the Island, but it still has a great range of items. The Thursday night market is also the time when the locals come to gather to talk.
In addition, live music is also a frequent occurrence.
BEST FOR: Browsing under the stars
ES MERCAT DE FORADA
Where is the Forada Market? The parking lot opposite Can Tixedo.
When is the Forada Market? Saturdays from 10:00 until 16:00
On the road that winds East, past the vineyards and over the hill, there is a crossroads. North lies the almond groves of Santa Agnes. To the South is Sant Rafel (and Amnesia, of course) and further east is the villages of Santa Gertrudis and Sant Llorenc. However, if you go down to the crossroads on a Saturday, you will find the sweet art café Can Tixedo. This cafe not only has great tapas but also hosts a unique eco-market on the weekend.
The great thing about the Forada Market is that only local environmental and humanitarian groups participate. This means that only natural products are sold, and what a range! Carob chocolate, olive oils, Hierbas, bread and vegan paella casero. There’s even a stall that sells beauty products made from aloe vera and rosemary that grows right here on Ibiza. Organised by the Cooperativa Integral d’Eivissa, the entire concept is based on a philosophy of self-sufficiency to preserve the Ibizan environment for everybody. This makes Forada market great for the soul as well as the belly.
BEST FOR: Boosting your karma points
ONCE UPON A TIME market
Where is the Once Upon A Time Market? Boutique Hotel Las Salinas
When is the Once Upon A Time Market? Every other Saturday, check here for details
Once upon a time is something a bit different. With a focus on music and the coolest fashions, Once Upon A Time are also collaborating with party merchants Unusual Suspects for some daytime events at Benimussa Park. The theme is strictly handmade, high quality and eclectic, with jewelry, cosmetics, and clothing all boutique in style. And price.
A world away from the near-carnage car-boot of Sant Jordi, you can hobnob here with fashionistas, DJs, promoters… and of course regular folk like me looking for some new threads.
BEST FOR: Getting the look that no-one else has.
Where is Playa D’en Bossa Street Market? Here
When is the Playa D’en Bossa Street Market? Every day from May until September, 18:00 -23:00
A relatively small market that pops up to capitalise on the ready supply of tourists in Playa d’en Bossa, this is sixty or so stalls with the usual range of goodies. Admittedly you won’t find the range of Punta Arabi. Or the class of Sant Joan, or the free-for-all of Sant Jordi for that matter. Even so, if you’re staying in the PDB area it is super convenient.
It’s like an advert to go to a bigger market or an opportunity to pick up something you forgot to buy when traveling further afield.
BEST FOR: Doorstep shopping
IBIZA TOWN MARKETS
Finally, we come to the big smoke. There are a few markets that serve the ‘city’, the most famous being the annual Medieval Festival and Fair. Inside the walls of Dalt Vila on the second weekend in May, the island celebrates her history and place on the World Heritage list. Over a long weekend, medieval costumed people fill the streets, selling suitably themed foods and gifts. The event is great entertainment for everybody.
Ibiza Town Harbour also has an evening market throughout the summer from 18:00 until past midnight. The street market sells clothes, trinkets, and other goodies. My favourite? the real gem is the Old Market which takes place by the drawbridge to Dalt Vila every day except Sunday. This is the real flavour of the city, with incredible local flowers, vegetables, and fruits- it’s an explosion of colour and aromas.
Have you been to all the Ibiza Hippy Markets? Let us know your favourite in the comments below.