Feel the buzz of an old-fashioned Ibiza hippie market
Time to put on that bohemian outfit you packed when you were getting ready for your luxury yacht charter in the Balearic islands!
You probably have heard about Ibiza’s famous hippie markets. They are one of the island’s top attractions and a must-see now that you are here. Ibiza has strong artistic roots dating back to the early sixties when artisans, painters and designers flocked to the island to experience its unique atmosphere, freedom of expression and incredible light. You will enjoy all of this yourself when you visit one of the most famous hippie markets, where hand-made items of clothing, jewelry and artifacts can be picked up to bring back home!
Yoga onboard your yacht in Ibiza
To get into the spirit, let’s start off with an early morning yoga session onboard. It is well-known that yoga has endless benefits. From physical fitness to flexibility, practicing yoga is an invigorating workout. Whether you are a life-long fan or a yoga newbie, a yacht is the perfect place to practice your routine. While you are at sea, the movement of the ocean will add an extra dimension to help you practice your physical balance. Enjoy a class on the sundeck as your yacht sails gently through the azure waters on her way to Playa de Es Canar, where your captain will drop the anchor.
Visit Punta Arabí Hippy Market
Once ashore, your private driver will bring you to Es Caná. Every Wednesday, more than 500 craftsmen and artists offer a large variety of their exclusive handcrafted creations, fashion, custom jewelry, scarves, natural cosmetics, antiques, musical instruments, and original objects brought from different parts of the world. The alleys and small streets of the market are filled with music and performances, artists and live statues, harmonizing to perfection with the colorful stalls. The different aromas filling the air will complete your authentic experience. The smell of incense mixed with traditional paella, prepared on the spot, adds to the unique charm of the market.
Get a henna tattoo, relax with a massage, dress as a hippie, or take a break at the many gastronomical areas to try one of the local dishes. How about a Spanish omelet? The numerous performances and shows in the multicultural tent and the recently created play area for children make a day at the market an unforgettable experience for the entire family.
The originis of Punta Arabí Hippy Market
The first market started on the outskirts of Es Cana. The beauty of Ibiza with its magical atmosphere, hidden bays and spectacular weather attracted hippies in the sixties from all over the world. They settled on the island when it was still relatively unknown.
The origins of Punta Arabí Hippy Market date back to 1973, when the management of hotel Punta Arabí offered the hippies a platform to sell their handicrafts and products brought from different parts of the world to the few tourists staying at the hotel at that time. In the beginning, the market only consisted of five stalls: Maggie with her delicious pastries, a lady from Formentera selling handknit sweaters made with wool from her own sheep, a local young man selling puppies, children who exchanged toys and someone selling jewelry brought from India. The tunes of violins, guitars and jam sessions brought the small market to live. During those early days, the artists and vendors put up their stalls under the trees, displaying their products on draperies and colorful sheets. Over the years, the market has become a hotspot where true craftsmen offer their 100% handmade products, all locally manufactured in Ibiza.
Visit the multicultural area of La Carpa
Visit the multicultural area to attend one of the live performances. Musicians and bands from the island as well as artists from all around the world give the shows a special vibe. Afro-Reggae, Flamenco, Spanish Rock, music of the seventies and trance electronic sounds are all on the agenda. Maybe you will get swept up by the true spirit of the market and feel compelled to show off your dancing skills!
Don’t forget to stop at the Cake shop on your way out to get some of those famous homemade cakes and pastries to bring back onboard!
The genuine “Ibicenco” restaurant of Can Berri Vell
Your chief stewardess has made a reservation for a late lunch at this traditional Ibiza house in the center of Sant Agustí Village. The Can Berri Vell estate has been a family home since the 17th century. The current owners have preserved the values that make this house a genuine “Ibicenco” place, rooted in tradition and completely in sync with its surroundings. The restaurant is located in the center of the picturesque town, next to the old limestone church. A magical place to enjoy the best gastronomy, great conversation and a good bottle of wine with your loved ones, while seated on the outdoor terrace with a breathtaking view of the church.
Chef Bruno Hernandez uses locally sourced, premium quality products to create his exceptional dishes, combining his years of experience with his passion for cooking. Elaborating elegant creations, he respects the original flavor of the ingredients he is working with and will take you on a journey where flavor and texture are the real stars. After homemade bread, olives and a stunning complementary dish of carrot and pumpkin with truffle cream, make a choice from the extensive menu boasting hake in vegetable cream sauce and turbot in citrus and carrot sauce. Meat lovers are not forgotten with options like sweet and sour ribs, Argentinian black angus entrecote with sautéed vegetables and ox fillet with foie gras in a mushroom sauce. The service is excellent and friendly and your host, Vicent Tur will help you select the perfect wine to complement your lunch from their impressive wine cellar. Leave some room for dessert before you head back to the yacht! The deconstructed lemon tart and French toast with custard sauce will blow your mind away and will be one of today’s many stories you have to tell your crew about when you are back onboard. What a bohemian day in Ibiza!
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