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Ibiza’s hippie markets – A guide not to be missed

Are you planning your next trip to Ibiza? Surely you have already seen the coves where you are going to enjoy its waters, the boat trips and the places where you are going to try the typical gastronomy of the area. But, surely you haven’t stopped to think about what else this island has to offer its visitors.

Have you heard of their famous hippie markets? They should be on your itinerary! These emblematic Ibizan spaces are much more than just places to buy and sell: they are true sensory experiences where art, music and the bohemian essence merge.

In this article, we’ll take you on a journey through Ibiza’s most iconic street markets, from their history to what you can expect to find and how to make the most of your visit.

History of the hippie markets in Ibiza

To talk about the origins of Ibiza’s hippy markets we must go back to the 1960s, when the island became a haven for artists, musicians and free spirits from all over the world. Inspired by the counter-cultural movements of the time, these markets emerged as meeting places where crafts, unique clothing and curiosities could be bought and sold.

Since then, they have become one of the most popular tourist spots on the island, and locals and tourists alike enjoy these peculiar spaces that bring so much joy to the streets of Ibiza.

The island's most famous hippy markets

Now it’s time to tour each of the hippie markets that offer the most to tourists and locals. Take a pen and paper (or the notes app on your phone) and write down:

Hippy market in Las Dalias

The famous Las Dalias Ibiza hippie market, an iconic symbol of the island, is located less than a kilometre away from the village of San Carlos. It emerged in the 1950s as a party hall for the local community, and has since become a must-see landmark for visitors.

Las Dalias opens its doors every Saturday from 10:00 to 18:00, offering visitors a wide range of handmade products, vintage clothing, unique jewellery and much more.

Hippy market in Punta Arabí

The largest and oldest market on the island is located in the tourist area of Es Canar, on the coast of Santa Eulària.

It has its origins in 1973, when the management of the Hotel Club Punta Arabí offered the island’s resident hippies the opportunity to sell their handmade products, as well as those brought from various parts of the world, to the few tourists staying at the club at the time.

Today, the market brings together more than 500 artisans and artists exhibiting a wide range of products, including handicrafts, fashion, costume jewellery, scarves, gifts, musical instruments, among others.

In addition, visitors can enjoy art exhibitions, receive relaxing massages and enjoy live musical performances, ranging from flamenco and rock to folk and afro-reggae, every Wednesday from 2-4pm.

Cala Llenya street market

Our next hippie market in Ibiza is the one in Cala Llenya, which takes place every Sunday and is only a 10 minute drive from San Carlos.

What distinguishes this market is its privileged location, with the sea in the background, creating an idyllic setting for visitors. Here, as well as exploring the colourful and diverse stalls, visitors can take the opportunity to relax on the spectacular beach that borders the market.

The sea breeze and the sound of the waves provide the perfect backdrop to enjoy a quiet and special day. It is the ideal place to spend a relaxing Sunday, exploring, enjoying and soaking up the unique atmosphere that this corner of the island has to offer.

Santa Gertrudis street market

It is known for attracting artisans from all over the world, who exhibit unique craft techniques they have adopted during their stay on the island.

This market takes place every Friday afternoon in the Church Square, making it a meeting place for locals and tourists alike who are looking for an authentic experience. The atmosphere is enlivened by music at dusk, extending late into the night, creating a festive and welcoming atmosphere.

What you can buy at hippy markets

From unique clothing to handmade jewellery, incense, musical instruments and local art, Ibiza’s hippy markets offer a wide range of products that reflect the creative and alternative spirit of the island.

Here you will find unique pieces that are hard to find anywhere else. They are the perfect place to buy souvenirs and mementos for you and all your friends and family.

Since then, they have become one of the most popular tourist spots on the island, and locals and tourists alike enjoy these peculiar spaces that bring so much joy to the streets of Ibiza.

Activities and entertainment at the flea markets

In addition to shopping, Ibiza’s hippy markets often offer a wide variety of live entertainment, such as live music, dance performances and craft workshops.

Tips on how to enjoy hippy markets

  • Arrive early: The best treasures are usually found early in the day, before the market becomes overcrowded with tourists and locals.
  • Explore at your leisure: Take your time to explore each stall and discover the wonders they have to offer.
  • Negotiate with respect: Bargaining is common at flea markets, but remember to do so with respect for the vendors and their craftsmanship.

But above all, enjoy the experience. And buy a lot!