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Explore the Hippy Markets
1st May 2016 0 comments

There’s more to Ibiza than the nightclubs. Understandably, huge names like Space and Amnesia dominate the ‘things to do’ list when you’re planning your holiday, but nightclubs shouldn’t dominate Ibiza’s entire image!

Markets cover Ibiza and they are vital for the local communities of the island. Not everyone on the island has a job linking to the holiday season – sure, a lot more business is done during the summer months but that’s not to say authentic craftsmanship isn’t done throughout the year.

Hippy Market Punta Arabí Entrance
Hippy Market Punta Arabí Entrance, Es Canar

When Ibiza first became ‘IBIZA,’ it wasn’t so much partygoers who flocked to the island, but rather artists, freethinkers and those looking for creative inspiration. This early cultural investment has permeated through the decades and now Ibiza is home to some of the biggest markets in the Balearics – The Punta Arabi Hippy Market on Wednesday in Es Caná and the Las Dalias Hippy Market on Satuday in San Carlos are major examples of this.

Es Caná is the original. Open from 10am to 7pm, this market is hugely immersive and very appeasing for those looking to embrace the cultural vibes of Ibiza. Walking around tasting, touching and generally investing yourself into the place is the best way to go about Es Cana. It’s advisable to give yourself a minimum of three hours to make sure you get the best out of the place, there are so many nooks and crannies to stumble across…having a time limit is ill advised. If you’ve been out the night before, this market place may feel slightly intense at some points, we here at CATI would say the ideal time to go would be the final few hours or the first 3, ideally avoid that early afternoon humidity.

The Hippy Market is far better suited to those looking to spend a day being entertained as opposed to shopping. It’s immersive and capturing, with mime artists amongst many other little acts constantly engaging you in hope of a euro or 2. It’s a place you can duck in and out of, shop or simply spectate. Our only advice to you regarding this place is to make sure you go early, swathes of people show up as their hangover starts to wear off and it can be unbelievably busy.

These are just a couple of marketplaces to visit, the ‘Superclub’ version of marketplaces if you’re wondering how to feel about them, however there are scores of them covering the island, don’t be afraid to explore. They are the vital back drop to Ibiza’s nightlife and very much worth investing some of your time in and hear a bit of actual Spanish!

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