We can tell you that your holiday will almost certainly coincide with one of the best Ibiza flea markets because one is held each day of the week. And this is not counting the small street markets that set up their stalls in summer at dusk in most tourist destinations. So, don’t worry about not resisting the temptation and joining in the fun: you will certainly find more than one thing that takes your fancy. Treat yourself!
History of the hippy markets in Ibiza
What has today become an excellent excuse for getting down off your hammock and going out to explore the island from flea market to flea market, began in the 1960s, when hippies included Ibiza in the route that fled Western conventionalisms and whose Mecca was India. Many of those Europeans and Americans settled in the east and north of the island, where they did artisanal work to exchange for food or accommodation.
However, it was not until 1973 when the first hippy market in Ibiza opened at the Punta Arabí tourist complex located at Es Canar, a marine centre that back then had become one of the main traveller destinations. Colourful dresses and oriental jewellery that they would being back from their travels to India were added to the arts and crafts made by the hippies themselves, so it soon became one of the island’s main tourist attractions. Today is sells a wide selection of items and it is difficult to return home without having a nose around the stalls of any of Ibiza’s numerous flea markets.
The main summer Ibiza flea markets
Punta Arabí Hippy Market
Opened in 1973, this was the first hippy market in Ibiza and it has also become the largest. It has no fewer than 500 stalls offering arts and crafts, fashion, accessories and gastronomic products, as well as kids’ play areas or leisure spaces where visitors can hear live music. It is open from the morning, so our recommendation is to arrive early to avoid the hottest time of the day.
Las Dalias Ibiza Flea Market
Las Dalias is without a doubt the other legendary flea market in Ibiza. It is held on Saturday all year round, though in high season you can also go shopping there on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday night. And also on Wednesday night, when a few stalls join the popular Namasté festivity. At Las Dalias Ibiza Flea Market, you will find a curated selection of fashion, arts and crafts, accessories, local gastronomy and natural cosmetics stalls. It is hard to leave without buying something! The atmosphere is very pleasant and the greatest number of stalls, around 300, can be found on Saturday.
When: Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday
Business hours: April to October, 10.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.; the rest of the year until 6.00 p.m. For the summer night flea markets, it is best to check its website.
Where: Sant Carles
Web: Las Dalias
Sant Joan Market
In recent years, this has become one of the most attractive flea markets in Ibiza, and its popularity continues to grow. Its charm lies in the fact that it does not have too many stalls and that the ones it does have offer a curated selection of arts and crafts and organic products. It is held all year round around the church and the main street of Sant Joan, and has a very good atmosphere, especially at midday when there is live music.
Business hours: 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.
Where: Sant Joan
Flea markets on the beach: Cala Llonga and Cala Llenya
If you explore the east coast on Thursday and you feel like combining a dip in the sea with some shopping, head to Cala Llonga and have a wander around its stalls at dusk. If you come on a Sunday, go to Cala Llenya where you will find arts and crafts, live music and paella.
A luxury break at Amàre Beach Hotel Ibiza
Touring the flea markets of Ibiza is as fun as it is exhausting and at our hotel in Ibiza recommended for adults you will find all you need to end your day of shopping with extra doses of pampering: massages, beauty treatments, a drink with sunset views, exquisite contemporary food… And if you have also chosen the “The One” service, you will have access to a spacious private lounge with front views of the sea, drinks and canapes. Summer can be so perfect…