Hippy Market (Es Canar)

13 JANUARY 2020

The beauty of Ibiza with its magical and secret corners, its spectacular climate, the cordiality of the Ibicencos was what captivated the hippies in the sixties and so they decided to settle on the island, still unknown to mass tourism. The beginnings of the Hippy Market in Punta Arabí date back to 1973 when the management of the Hotel Club Punta Arabí offered hippies based on the island the possibility of selling their handmade products or those from different parts of the world, to the few tourists hosted at that time in the Club.

In the beginning the market had five unique positions: Maggie with her delicious cakes, a lady from Formentera who sold hand-woven pullovers with the wool of her own sheep, a boy selling puppies, children who exchanged toys and another person selling jewelry brought from India. All this enlivened the rhythm of violins, guitars and jam sessions. In those early days the hippies mounted their stalls on the ground, under the trees presenting their products on handkerchiefs.

Over the years this market has become the way of subsistence for many families of the island, as well as a place of obligatory passage for all visitors of Ibiza. The market already has more than 500 stalls and on Wednesday of August several thousand people pass through them, enjoying their atmosphere in the wonderful garden area of Club Punta Arabí.2

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