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5 must visit hippy markets in Ibiza

Shopping, island style....

So, you have already taken a dip in the warm Balearic sea, marvelled at sunsets, partied all night and visited Formentera. It is now time to indulge yourself in one Ibiza's best (and sometimes overlooked) attractions: its various Hippy Markets. Rooted in the hippy movement that fled to Ibiza during the 60s, they are scattered all over the island and cater for every taste.

Las Dalias market - San Carlos

Las Dalias is probably the best known hippy market on the island due to its very inviting and picturesque atmosphere. Welcomed by exotic colours that surround visitors upon entrance, it features a 200 stall market where you can find crafts from all over the globe, clothes, unusual music instruments, hammocks and antiques. You can also pamper yourself with a body massage, a palm reading or enjoy a tasty meal in its fusion restaurant. DJs play from mid afternoon till close.

When: Saturdays - April to October - 10am till 8pm - (also open in winter)

Las Dalias night market also offers a more relaxed market during the summer nights. Perfect to enjoy a live music dinner in a cosy environment. Art workshops and there is a wide variety of activities available for the little ones.

When: July - Monday and Tuesday from 7pm, August - Mon, Tue and Sunday from 7pm

San Jordi's Flea market

San Jordi's flea market remains the most authentic and a local's favourite, getting most crowded during the winter. It is held at San Jordi's horse racing stadium and anyone can sell without the need for a permit. Therefore, it is possible to find virtually everything (seriously, everything) for very reasonable prices. It is quite big, so make sure time is on your side - you will most definitely be tempted to see it all.

When: Saturdays - All year long - 9am till 2:30pm

Punta Arabí market - Es Caná

Opened in 1973, Punta Arabí is the oldest and biggest hippy market in Ibiza. Over 500 artisans offer high quality crafts as visitors are entertained by music and diverse live performances. Undeniably charming, you can also treat yourself to a typical Ibicencan meal. Get there early to avoid crowds and bring kids along, there is a specially designed space for them.

When: April to October - every Wednesday
Opening times: April, May & October - 10am till 6pm // June, July & September - 10am till 7pm // August - 10am till 8pm

Sant Joan market

Held in Sant Joan's square, this market offers live music (after midday), delicious food, various crafts, items of clothing and locally grown organic fruits and vegetables. There is an open art gallery and a massive paella is cooked for everyone to share (payment required of course) at close. Boasting a colourful, friendly and buzzing vibe, it's definitely a must if you want to get immersed in the rich local culture.

When: Sundays - All year long - 10am till 3pm

Playa d'en Bossa artisan street market

Situated along pedestrianised streets behind and around the Migjorn Apartments, this 64 stall market is very convenient for tourists staying close to the area or a short stopover after the beach. Street pantomimes and musicians charm are often seen alongside the artisan products on offer.

When: Everyday - May to September - 6pm till 11pm

WORDS | Bianca Panozzo

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