As is weekend custom in many of the world’s coolest cities, an early morning stroll (complete with paper-cup coffee) around local markets is guaranteed to unearth some unique finds, from fashion and furniture to face creams and much more. With its rich bohemian roots, fashion-forward residents and creative culture, Ibiza is no different, with an all year round market scene keeping the weekends interesting.
Let us let you in on some of our precious island secrets…
1. Las Dalias
The legendary Ibiza hippy market is a must-visit on the summer circuit, but a little known fact is that it remains open every Saturday all year round, including a two-week stint as a Christmas night market in December. The off-season offers all the same artisan products, clothing, jewellery, art and more… and the marketplace is still drenched in sunshine (though you may want to wrap up in a scarf!), while the indoor restaurant is the perfect place to fuel up on tapas post-retail therapy!
2. Cala Llenya
This year-round flea market just metres before the parking area for the northern beach of Cala Llenya is chock-full of ex (or ageing!) hippies selling their wares, from fur coats and jewellery to unique vinyl, antique furniture and amazing art every Sunday. Arrive early to score the best bargains, then ensure you’re first in line for the legendary giant paella at lunchtime.
3. Plaza del Parque Artisan Market
As the sun sets on the prettiest, most social plaza in Ibiza town, the island’s artisan’s begin to set up shop for the evening, with an array of jewellery, art and craft stalls lining the square every Saturday night. From quirky rings and necklaces to wooden sculptures, hand-knitted scarves and more, each find is unique and made with love right here on the white isle.
4. San Juan Hippy Market
Sunday mornings in the pedestrianized main square of San Juan village are all about peace and love baby! Throw in organic coffee and cake, leather goods, second-hand books and vintage clothing, and you’ve stumbled across the island’s most authentic gathering of bohemian types!
5. San Jordi Hippodrome
One of the most legendary weekly markets on the island, the San Jordi car boot sale is as much a local’s meeting point as it is a selling point! From as early as 8am every Saturday morning (earlier in summer, later in winter), residents sell off their castaways to the sound of local bongo drummers and the taste of churros, on a dusty racetrack! First in, best dressed…