The naked island....the hippies of Ibiza

   If you think that people only go to the beach and the disco you are very wrong. This island brings together the most sophisticated people in the jet set and the most authentic hippies. The island also has beautiful scenery and a rich and varied gastronomy, a lot of nightlife etc...all able to satisfy any taste. We would like to invite you to take a stroll around Ibiza:

   The island of Ibiza is the third in size in the Balearic Islands and is part of, along with Formentera, the small Pitiusan island group which are the closest islands to the Spanish mainland. The name ‘Pitiüses’ goes back to Greek times and the name means 'islands of pine trees'. The whole island is a small, mini world which goes from the coast stretching inland with a generally rocky and mountainous terrain which offers contrast, attracting visitors who want to enjoy adventure, culture, tradition, nature and art.

   Its population numbers 80.000, it enjoys an excellent climate with an average year round maximum temperature of 21,5° and a minimum of 14°. The island of Ibiza has five municipalities: Eivissa, the capital; Santa Eulalia, Sant Antoni, Sant Josep and Sant Joan.

   On the island we can visit some of the most magical places on earth: stalls in small coves with transparent water, patios decorated with candles and torches, chill-out hippies, or models', artists' and aristocrats' favourite restaurants.

   We could go on and on forever about Ibiza, but the idea of this article is to take you to the hippie markets which bring to mind the splendour of the golden years which joined Ibiza with the world of hippies, two terms which go hand in hand and which even today are still very important, there is still a considerable population of hippies on the island. In the sixties, their hey day, the hippies which had come from all over the world were known by the locals as ‘els peluts’ (hairy ones).

   The hippie markets still retain the essence of the island's golden years, the unforgettable 60's, years when a few made the Pitiusas their own private paradise and when handicrafts became especially important. The hippies of the sixties discovered the Ibizan scenery and the island began to be famous internationally. Since then, year after year, thousands of tourists traipse around this jewel of the Mediterranean. The markets founded by the 'peluts' are still all the rage and are the flagship of the authentic Ibiza.

   This presence is still to be found in the markets which are spread all over Ibiza and Formentera where handicraft objects and articles from the far east can be found. The hippie market, par excellence, is called ‘Es Canar’ at 'Punta Arabí', an enormous esplanade which is turned multicoloured every Wednesday where the most unsuspected items and decorations can be found. On Sundays in Formentera, there is a unique market held in La Mola which has the peculiarity that only original pieces made by hand by the craftsmen themselves can be sold.

   Besides these markets small street stalls are set up along the promenades in Sant Antoni, Santa Eulalia and den Bossa beach at dusk.

   Ibiza has become one of the key locations in the world of fashion, its fashion is informal, fresh, fun, surprising and original. The so-called 'Adlib' fashion which is continued by over thirty firms who have been creating fashion for women since the sixties (and in the last few years for men too), fashion which feels free and comfortable with multipurpose clothing which is as much at home on the beach as it is at a romantic dinner or even at a high class party. From its earliest days, Ibizan fashion received the Latin name 'Adlib' which literally translated means “dress however you want, but make it stylish”. Thousands of this type of hand crafted clothing can be found in shops and at the markets.

   Ibiza, the island known by this name because of its white architecture, has become an attractive cosmopolitan tourist centre. In the past it was famous for its hippie culture and nudist beaches but today it offers many possibilities for other kinds of public.

   However there are still some hippie colonies left, as well as a large number of young people who have chosen the island for its extraordinary nightlife which in fact really begins in the evening in the beautiful coves or in the city where friendships are made and then the people end up spending the night in one of the many fashionable bars or night clubs.

   If you want to get to know the peaceful life of the local Ibizans, there is nothing better than to visit the pretty villages of San Mateu - to the north of Sant Antoni, surrounded by a valley full of almond trees -, Santa Agnes, Sant Miquel, Santa Gertrudis and Sant Carles to the north of Santa Eulalia, the old hippie centre. There are other interesting towns in the south of the island such as Sant Rafel and Sant Joseph.

    Interesting handicraft markets:
   hippiesibiza The market is held all day long on Saturdays Location: San Carles highway. All kinds of handicrafts, clothes, footwear, costume jewellery... Typical tavern, bar, car park.

   'Es Canar' hippie market The market is held on Wednesdays from 10.00h to 18.00h Location: 'Club Punta Arabí'. All kinds of handicrafts, clothes, footwear, costume jewellery....bars, kiosks, restaurants, grills, pizza restaurants. It has a crèche from 10:00h to 17:00h in apartment 36.

   Eivissa Hippie Market The market is held every evening from 19:00h to 01:00h. From May to October Location: port promenade and streets around the Marina

   Sant Jordi flea market The flea market is held on Saturdays from 09.00h to 15.00h Location: Sant Jordi hippodrome. Airport highway, Km 4. Tele: 971 396 669. Clothes, old books and magazines, all kinds of appliances in all kinds of repair, furniture... Cafeteria.

   Santa Eulalia handicraft Market In the 'Passeig de S'Alameda', everyday except Wednesdays and Sundays Sant Antoni handicraft market In 'Passeig de Ses Fonts' - Everyday from May to October from 19:00h to 01:00h

   At Gala Night, 2kms. From the centre - Tuesdays from May to October between 10:00h and 04:00h.

   Sant Miquel handicraft market At the Sant Miquel Port - Everyday from May to October between 18:00h and 22:00h.

   Figueretes handicraft market In 'Passeig de Ses Figueretes' - Everyday from May to October from 19:00h to 01:00h.

   D'en Bossa beach handicraft market next to Hotel Club Platja d'en Bossa - Every Friday from May to October.

   La Mola handicraft market At 'La Mola', Formentera - every Sunday from 16:00h.

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