We've all heard about Ibiza's famous nightlife scene, but this island has so much more to offer holidaymakers. Away from the superclubs, a laid-back lifestyle takes centre stage in Ibiza, and you'll notice a strong hippy vibe in certain parts of the island. Quirky hippy markets are part and parcel of this, and you'll find lots of them dotted around the island, including one in Es Cana. Es Cana is a laid-back resort boasting golden sands, welcoming restaurants, and a pretty marina. But it's best known for the Punta Arabi hippy market or as the Es Cana hippy market. This is the most famous hippy market anywhere in Ibiza, and over 10,000 visits flock here every week to see the colourful stalls and soak up the vibrant atmosphere.
Where is it?Every week, the expansive grounds of the Club Punta Arabi Hotel are transformed into the Es Cana hippy market. When you walk into the market, you'll start to make your way through hundreds of stalls. They're dotted beneath the pine trees and along winding narrow streets, and you'll meet mine artists and costumed entertainers as you stroll around. There's no rush, so why not take your time browsing the stalls? And you could stop for a drink or a bite to eat along the way.
When is it open?This busy market runs every Wednesday from April to October, and it's open from 10am. It's a good idea to arrive early if you want to beat the crowds, and feel free to bring your kids along; there's a designated area for them to enjoy.
What's the story behind it?Ibiza's hippy roots can be traced back to the 1960s when the island's welcoming atmosphere and freedom of expression inspired groups of painters, artists and designers to flock here. And later, in the 1970s, hippies began opening markets all over the island to sell their handmade goods. Es Cana's Punta Arabi hippy market (which is also the local Ibiza Town hippy market) was the very first to open in 1973, with a small selection of stalls selling jewellery, paintings, ornaments and clothing.
Why should I visit?Today, Es Cana hippy market is the biggest hippy market in Ibiza, and it's also one of the town's most popular attractions. You'll find over 300 stalls here awash with colour, brought to you by hippies from all over the world. They're busy showcasing their homemade crafts, including everything from clothes to instruments. And it's the perfect place to pick up a treat for yourself or unique souvenirs for friends back home. You just need to make sure you don't use up all your spending money at once! Every week, thousands of holidaymakers come here from across the island to soak up the atmosphere and shop the colourful stalls. There's also plenty of food and drink to go round, so why not indulge in some typical Iberian dishes, and wash it down with a glass of wine? To top it all off, the entertainment comes courtesy of live music and performances. And if you fancy a caricature of yourself to look back on, there's nowhere better to get it done than Es Cana hippy market. After all, this place is a hive of creativity! Photos really don't do Es Cana hippy market justice; you'll have to visit first hand to experience the atmosphere for yourself.