The Markets of Ibiza
of the very first famous markets on the island of Ibiza, was a slave market.
On Ibiza, in the last century around 1930's - 40's, many of
the islanders lived a harsh and poor life, and the only markets ('mercados'
or 'mercadillos' in Spanish - 'mercats' in Catalan)
island were places to trade agricultural products produced by small
local farms, a site where the fishermen sold their fish and where artisans and
craftsmen offered their products, such as wicker baskets, brushes and
other domestic items and consumables.
When, in the fifties the first freedom seekers and
artists arrived on Ibiza, the islanders got
acquainted with a more demanding and worldly public that brought their
cars and motorbikes to the island and lived a bohemian lifestyle,
unusual to the hardworking residents of the small and still 'undiscovered'
In the mean time, supported by few
locals, the island's alternative newcomers, not only taught the Ibicenc
How-to-Party but they also founded two of the most
successful and famous hippy markets on our planet,
Las Dalias and
Punta Arabi, where Flower Power lives, and rules on for ever.
Initiated because Ibiza's residents were in need of cultural meeting place and a place to trade second hand items, the island is now home to two reasonably prized, weekly flea markets or rastrillos, one on Saturdays at the Hippodrome of Sant Jordi and the other on Sundays at Cala Llenya, Sant Carlos. Vendors trade some of the most common things next to some extreme curiosa, while entertainers and musicians make sure nobody gets bored.
Over the last decades the island of Ibiza caters to crowds of holiday makers from May to October, so it is not surprising to find Summer markets in all island corners, from the promenades and market squares to beaches, countryside and pop-up markets, most of them starting late afternoon in the hot Summer, while in Winter, generally there are less markets and they start in the morning and run until around six.
Ibiza Town, has a covered daily
fresh market in the 'Mercat Nou', Santa Eulalia has its Es Mercat,
founded in 1985, offering a wide range of high quality fresh products
like meat, fish, bread and vegetables and open all year round, from 8 am to 2 pm, closing only on Sundays, San Antonio also has an indoor-market
and a daily outdoor vegetable market.
The markets of Ibiza are the most
popular social meeting place and gossip pond for the locals & vendors,
while visitors and holiday makers enjoy strolling up and down the market
stalls to see the knick-knacks, Ibiza style clothing, decorative pieces,
handicrafts and 'jewellery' and sniff the international atmosphere.
With artisan markets, art markets, flea markets and fresh markets, hippy markets, a medieval market, musical markets, eccentric party markets, a local products market, Summer markets & Sunday markets you will always enjoy the perfect day out having fun with your family and friends, lots of eyeing not buying and the opportunity to meet some of the most colourful islanders and hippies.
Meet the Markets of Ibiza
ART MARKETS IBIZA:
LA LUNA LLENA
DE ARTE IBIZA
location: Plaza de Iglesia, Santa Gertrudis, Ibiza
The Art Club Ibiza organizes its annual art fairs during the Summer months, at full moon, under the name LUNA LLENA DE ART.
These art markets mark the Summer for the RUTA DEL ARTE IBIZA, and are presenting artwork by a fine selection of visual artists working in Ibiza & Formentera, in the atmospheric surroundings of the church square in the small village of Santa Gertrudis.
ARTISAN MARKETS IBIZA
Often referred to as Hippy Markets, but in fact it are the authentic ARTISAN MARKETS, or craft markets of Ibiza, with a modest amount of stalls where you can find and buy all kinds of local products, art & handicrafts by the artisans of Ibiza, joined in the AAPLE (Associació d'Artesans i Productors Locals d'Eivissa - Association of the Artisans & Local Producers of Ibiza - aapleibiza.wordpress.com) including ecological fruits and vegetables, a second hand market accompanied by live music from local artists in a friendly multi-cultural atmosphere.
Available from May to October:
Thursday from 18.00 - 22.00 hrs Artisan Market San Miguel - location: Village square
Thursday from 17.00 - 23.30 hrs Artisan Market SanT RAFAEL - location: Main road
Fridays from 10.00- 14.00 hrs Artisan Market PLAYA DEN BOSSA
Fridays from 10.00 - 15.00 hrs Artisan Market San JUAN - location: Main road
Fridays from 18.00 - 24.00 hrs ARTISAN MARKET SAN ANTONIO - location: Fountain square
Mo, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat from 10.00 - 18.00 hrs (Winter) 22.00 hrs (Summer) - ARTISAN MARKET SANTA EULALIA - location: Passeig de S'Alamera, Fountain square
RASTRILLO CALA LLEÑA IBIZA
location: Cala Llenya, Sant Carles de Peralta, Santa Eulalia del Rio, Ibiza
when: Every Sunday from 09.00 - 16.00 hrs
In 2009 the very first RASTRILLO, FLEA MARKET or TRÖDELMARKT opened in Cala Lleña (or Cala Llenya).
Since then many residents of the island meet on Sundays at the Rastrillo, to sell their unwanted items throughout sometimes up to 80 markets stalls, or to chat up, listen to live music and enjoy nice food while the kids enjoy themselves at the playground.
Don't forget to visit the the charity stand of Care4Cats Ibiza, run by dedicated C4C volunteers.
* Markets stalls are NOT easy to obtain here.
RASTRILLO SANT JORDI - FLEA MARKET IBIZA
location: Hippodrome, Sant Jordi de Ses Salinas, Sant Josep de Sa Talaia, Ibiza
when: Every Saturday from 08.00 to 15.00 hrs
Ibiza's famous car boot sale, born in 1995, the GRAN RASTRILLO, is a incomparable, multi-culti happening where residents buy, sell or exchange their stuff all year round, with live music. Certainly the best meeting place for chatting up or networking.
* Markets stalls are NOT easy to obtain here.
FRESH MARKETS IBIZA
The towns and villages of Ibiza hosts regular fresh markets selling a wide range of high quality fresh products such as bread, fish, fruits, meat and vegetables
when & where:
Fresh Market Ibiza Town - Mo, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri & Saturdays from 08.00 am to 14.00 hrs - location: Mercat Nou, Carrer de Catalunya
Organic Fresh Market Ibiza Town - Mo, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri & Saturdays from 09.00 am to 18.00 hrs - location: Plaça de la Constitució, Eivissa
Fresh Market Santa Eulalia - Mo, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri & Saturdays from 08.00 am to 14.00 hrs - location: Es Mercat
Hippy Market Las Dalias
location: Sant Carles de Peralta, Sant Josep de Sa Talaia, Ibiza
when: every Saturday all year long.
- April to October from 10.00 to 20.00 hrs
- October to April from 10.00 to 18.00 hrs
Started of in 1954 as a remote roadhouse situated just outside San Carlos, but officially born on Valentine's Day 1985, the Hippy market LAS DALIAS is an absolute must see in Ibiza, providing fantasy and fun for the whole family with live music performances, healthy food, natural juices, in one big colourful, exotic smelling garden setting with live music, many artisans and hippies, where all people enjoy themselves strolling about the (sometimes 200!) market stalls selling from art, clothing & fashion, and gifts, jewelry, crafts, musical instruments, decoration, paintings, books, hammocks, handmade shoes, to incense or antiques. One can enjoy a massage or card reading or visit the Las Dalias Restaurant, serving a fusion of world cuisines or the Soul Bar where Las Dalias DJs perform from afternoon till closing.
From 2005 the LAS DALIAS Night Market is held from 19.00 to 00.00 hrs from June to September every Monday & Tuesday - September on Sundays too.
Expect a relaxed atmosphere with over 100 market stalls, an Art Corner, entertainment, live concerts, and a Kids Space with puppet theater, juggling & games.
Las Dalias also organizes the annual Christmas Market and SEMANA SANTA and Easter market and throughout the year this garden venue also provides party days & nights with live music performances, such as the famous Hippy Party: NAMASTE every Wednesday in Summer.
Since 2010 LAS DALIAS tours around the world during the Winter period, presenting their magical market, bands, DJs, decorators, kid area and chill out area and international food stalls, as LAS DALIAS ON THE ROAD.
HIPPY MARKET PUNTA ARABI
location: Es Cana, Santa Eulalia del Rio, Ibiza
when: every Wednesday
- April, May & October from 10.00 to 18.00 hrs
- June, July & September from 10.00 to 19.00 hrs
- August from 10.00 to 20.00 hrs
On the grounds of holiday club Punta Arabi in Es Cana (near St. Eulalia) the famous, the largest & oldest Hippy Market of Ibiza, Punta Arabi Hippy Market is being held/
Since 1973 this authentic Hippy market runs with many market stalls, in Summer often over 500 stalls, offering exclusive handmade products, fashion & products from around the world.
You can purchase all kinds of things here, such as exotic batik wraps, clothing, handmade leather moccasins and east Asian silver Jewelry & gemstones, accompanied by live music and from 13.20 hrs, you can enjoy a restaurant serving: authentic handmade paella & homemade pizzas.
A visit to the Punta Arabi Hippy Market guarantees an entertaining & enjoyable day out, for you and your family or friends.
MERCADILLO HIPPY CALA LLONGA
location: Paseo Maritimo Cala Llonga, Santa Eulalia, Ibiza
when: May to October Thursdays from 18.00 - 24.00 hrs
Smaller Summer Hippy Market & meeting place offering markets stalls with merchandise by talented artisans selling unique jewellery, Ibiza-style summer clothing, hand-made signs, hand-painted stones, bags, Ibiza T-Shirts and much, much more.
MERCADILLO DE ES CUBELLS IBIZA
location: Ctra. Es Cubells Km 5,5. Sant Josep, Ibiza
when: Winter Sundays: from 11.00 - 17.30 hrs
Summer Sunset Sundays: from 18.00 - 01.00 hrs
Latest and smaller Hippy Market of Ibiza situated on the premises of Restaurant MO, in Es Cubells, and opened on 16 November 2014. This small market offers stalls with: artisans, crafts & handicrafts, fashion, music, Sushi bar, typical Ecological Ibizan food products and much more.
During the warmer Summer months this market offers a Sunset setting, while in Winter you can visit the Sunday's market stalls from 11 in the morning.
For the moment it is quite easy for potential vendors to obtain an stall here.
ES MERCAT DE FORADA
location: parking CAN TIXEDO, Forada, Buscatell, Sant Antoni De Portmany, Ibiza
when: Saturdays from 10am to 4pm
An initiative of different local cultural groups, such environmental (incl. Casita Verde) and humanitarian organizations cooperated to realize this Local Products Market in Ibiza and now managed by the Cooperativa Integral d'Eivissa.
You will find only homemade and homegrown, local products in this market, such as: carob chocolate, dried fruits & almonds, Hierbas (special herbal liqueur from Ibiza), wines, olive oils, goat cheese, sourdough bread and a wide range of craft art works and artisan objects by artists and artisans from the island. Agricultural products: oranges, vegetables, plants, flowers & seeds. Natural beauty products with Aloe Vera and Rosemary, craftsmen such as a saddler and woodworker and clothing and jewellery.
Enjoy this Interactive Market & Centre for Cultural Exchange in Ibiza with an alternative, friendly atmosphere and live music by local musicians.
MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL & FAIR IBIZA
location: Dalt Vila, Eivissa
when: second weekend in May
With the Medieval Fair & Festival, held within the walls of Dalt Vila, Ibiza, commemorates its World Heritage status with this annual recreational and cultural event to pay tribute to the island's multicultural legacy left by Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs and Christians throughout the centuries.
During the 3 days of festivities the old town and marina are set back to the Middle Ages, streets are decorated in full colour and residents dressed up in medieval costumes.
The Medieval Fair or crafts market is held in streets of the Antoni Palau and the Vara de Rey and offers over 60 stalls with traditional medieval fare like: candied fruits, cheese, exotic spices, honey, jewellery, leather goods, perfume, sausages, soaps, wine etc.
With endless traditional entertainment and performances the Medieval Festival & Fair are considered a true highlight of the year and ensure all visitors an unforgettable experience in the unique surroundings of Ibiza's historic, fortification Dalt Vila.
MUSICAL MARKET: PLAYGROUND IBIZA
location: Benimussa Park Ibiza
when: on announcement
Launched on 21 December 2014, this unique Ibiza market concept offers music by day through a display of music, food & fashion experiences in the gardens and on the sunny terrace of Benimussa Park, followed by party by night, while after dark the party continues in the intimate basement disco all night.
PARTY MARKET: ONCE UPON A TIME
location: Boutique Hostal Salinas Ibiza, Crta Sa Canal de Ses Salines km5, 07817 Ibiza
when: From May till October every 2 weeks on Saturdays
Party Market to promote the many artists, crafters and designers who live on Ibiza, a place where mixing cultures, styles and trends can make the difference in the world and eventually spread out very quickly. The market aims to be a place where young designers, craftsmen and vintage lovers can expose and do something with art, fashion and music live together in addition to shopping such as vintage clothing & accessories, good atmosphere, music, delicious cocktails and fine dining sessions.
upcoming date ONCE UPON A TIME EASTER MARKET at Plaisir Restaurant: Saturday 26 March 2016
SUMMER MARKETS IBIZA
From May till October the towns and villages island hosts various, daily street markets selling accessories, jewellery and handicrafts etc.
The vendors sell their knick knacks, mainly sourced in other countries, but Spain or Ibiza, in Summer evenings at obvious places, not to be missed by tourists.
when & where:
Summer Market Ibiza Town - Wednesdays from 19.00 - 01.00 hrs - location: old quarter La Marina
Summer Market Figueretas - Week days from 19.00 - 01.00 hrs - location: Paseo de Figueretas
Summer Market Playa d'en Bossa - Days and evenings - location: behind Santos and Sal Rossa
Summer Market San Antonio - Daily (except Sundays) from 19.00 - 01.00 hrs - location: in front of the harbour
Summer Market Santa Gertrudis - Fridays & Saturdays from 20.00 to 24.00 hrs - location: Plaza de Iglesia
Summer Market Portinatx - Sundays from 09.00 - 12.00 hrs
SUNDAY MARKET SAN JUAN IBIZA
location: Main street & surrounding streets, Sant Joan de Labritja, Ibiza
when: Every Sunday from 10.00 - 15.00 hrs
This popular Sunday Market, in the picturesque village of San Juan, is considered a 'hippy' market by many, but officially it is the 'Mercadillo Artesanal Dominical Sant Joan de Labritja' or Artisan Sunday market. Both residents and visitors especially dress up hippy-style to see and be seen here.
Expect a more up-market atmosphere, some of the true old-skool hippies from Ibiza, live music, lots of markets stalls with all kinds of products from artisan and cloths to agricultural, organic & wellness produce, novelties, second hand items, musical instruments, card readers and massage therapists, surrounded by San Juan's beautiful white washed church and some of Ibiza's finest green cafe restaurants.
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