Music, Food And Shopping At Punta Arabi Hippy Market

Posted on September 24, 2018

Words: Lara Young

Images: Tamara Sini

From 10am until 6pm every Wednesday afternoon, the historic outdoor Punta Arabi Hippy Market showcases a colourful mix of the island’s artisanal products, flavours and sounds. With live music, delicious paella, a dedicated kids area and around 500 stalls to explore, it’s the perfect destination for a full afternoon of entertainment for the whole family.

The magic of the famous Punta Arabi Hippy Market dates back to 1973 when hippies were first invited to sell their handicrafts to passing tourists in the sprawling grounds of the resort. Over the years, the number of stalls has grown from a humble five to over 500 and it now offers a beautiful array of authentic goods from Ibiza and other exotic parts of the world – with some of the original creators of the market still to be found amongst the merchants, musicians and performers.

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Before you begin shopping there are many other things to experience in this bohemian wonderland. We suggest you head directly to ‘La Carpa’ (the tent) where you can enjoy a refreshing drink, including a bespoke ‘Hippy Market Craft Beer’, whilst enjoying a wide array of live music each week from 2pm until 4pm. During our recent visit we were lucky enough to see an incredible performance of flamenco music creating a family-friendly fiesta amongst the appreciative onlookers. There are also plenty of other areas around the market if you need to grab a well-earned snack or cold drink, from pizza to BBQ treats and freshly made cakes to delicious juices, soft drinks and cocktails!

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The Hippy Market cleverly condenses many of the great things Ibiza has to offer. Whilst wandering we ventured across a colourful array of people and performers including some talented drummers sometimes found in more remote parts of the island at sunset. It is a very inclusive environment welcoming people of all ages. Children are constantly entertained and there is even a dedicated kids area where little ones are encouraged to get crafty by creating their own crown of flowers, t-shirts, get their faces painted or learn about recycling – an important topic on the island.

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Once we had enjoyed the music and indulged in a rather large serving of paella with a glass of chilled sangria, we were ready to shop. Spoilt for choice, we lost ourselves amongst the shaded stalls laden with quality crafts including handmade jewellery, leather goods and clothes of all styles. Whether it is boho kaftans, beautiful beachwear or a tasteful souvenir for friends back home, there is something for everyone. Ibiza is well known for its decorative jewellery for both men and women and this is the perfect place to find that special necklace, bracelet or anklet as a reminder of the White Isle when you return home.

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Further Information:
t: +34 971 33 06 50
w: www.hippymarket.info
The next market is on Wednesday October 3 from 10.00 – 19.00h

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