Hippy Market, Ibiza
Hippy Market at Es Cana & San Carlos
The Ibiza hippy market happens on Wednesdays in Es Cana & Saturdays in San Carlos (Las Dalias). Here you can buy local crafts from hippies of the island. Not only that, but there tends to be a lot music and drumming that breaks out from those more talented than us.
There are so many tourist shops as you can imagine in this coastal city of Santa Eularia…but unfortunately, I did miss going to the Wednesday Hippie Market which runs from April to October ---- and I was there on a Wednesday. There was just so much to do I did not have the time…but if you are interested, this Hippie Market which started in the 197os (of course) is held at Punta Arabi in Es Canar and has more than 400 stalls with stuff which include silver, leather goods, jewelry and even African art…go figure.
But, in the east of the municipality, you can head to the Las Dalias Hippie Market on Saturdays from May 1 to Oct 31 at Santa Carles de Peralta. While there, you might as well see the 18th century village church which has a rectangular floor covered with cannon vaults!
The hippy market is a weekly event in the town of Es Canar, just north of Santa Eulalia.
Lots of local sellers (not so many hippies though) sell jewelery and tunics, black light effects, along with cds, club merchandise and a lot of junk. I doubt that you'll find local handcrafted treasures and unique items, as many of the sellers seem to sell the same products. You might find something of interest, but most people come here just to see what it's all about. They did have some beautiful dresses and tunics for sale. I found a bit exhausting because it was very crowded and difficult to move around. There are a few cafes and restaurants in the area as well if you need a break.
It is open every wednesday 10 am - 6 pm. Entrance is free. There are some huge parking lots in the woods just across the street from the hippy market. Parking is 5 euro.
You might want to visit later in the day as the market is very crowded at noon.
The easiest way to get here is by car, but there are also ferries and buses that run from different parts of Ibiza to Es Canar & the hippy market.
We were staying at S'Argamassa which was a few minutes walk from the hippy market so popped in to have a look. The market gets really busy as it's on everyones list of places to visit. There are quite a large number of stalls but they all sell similar things. Prices were not all that cheap and there was little room for haggling over the price.
Well worth a visit but take water with you as it gets really hot amongst the crowds.
The Hippy Market which is between Santa Eulalia and Escana is held every Wednesday from April to October.
There is ample car parking and buses and boats run from around the island to enable you to get there. If you are stayng in Escana as we were June 2005 you can easily walk to the market from the resort centre
It is set in the shaded woodland at Club Punta Arabi, which is great because it gets very hot and very busy.
There are a lot of stalls many of them selling loose cotton clothing, sequined bags, candles etc, but there are a lot of other stalls as well.
You will find Hippy entertainers (see my additional photos) and there are plenty of bars to sit in if your feet need a rest.
Es Cana is on the quieter part of the Island. A world apart from the noisy & tacky San Antonio where we were staying.
On Fridays they had a "Hippy" market at Es Cana, which we went to on our mopeds (via the hospital!)
There were all sorts of bits & bobs & ethnic fayre being sold at the stalls, as you can see from the photo lots of buskers & people who would just join in. The market was such a relaxing place to be. I definately recommend a day there.
Sat on the wall, listening to the music at the Es Cana Hippy Market. This is one of my favourite memories of Ibiza. The people here were very relaxed & mellow, it reminded me of a town called Totnes, not far from where I live on their market day.