OUTDOOR MARKETS ON IBIZA AND FORMENTERA.
A summer attraction
With the arrival of the fine weather, Ibiza and Formentera come to life with colours and activity. To experience it, your best bet is to visit their popular outdoor markets, many of which remain open until October. Artists and craftspeople living on the islands and from all imaginable locations bring their works to the outdoor markets: clothing, ceramics, wood crafts, jewellery, incense, multihued sarongs... This is your best chance to walk around, look and let yourself be carried away by the spirit of freedom permeating them. And if the heat is getting to you, no problem: the markets also have stalls that open as the sun sets.
Las Dalias on Ibiza and La Mola on Formentera are two of the most famous outdoor markets. But there are many more:
Las Dalias, 25 years of the emblem of Ibiza
Every Saturday the Las Dalias hippie market, located right on the motorway leading to Sant Carles de Peralta, opens its doors. The great atmosphere, the careful layout and the more than 200 stalls vending clothing, jewellery, incense, exotic musical instruments, CDs with chill-out or ethnic music, sarongs, leather crafts and much more, make it impossible for any visitor to leave the market without a couple of great finds.
This market got its start in 1985, and today it’s become a must-see for tourists, yet without losing its cosmopolitan made in Ibiza feel. In addition to seeing crafts from all over the world, you can also savour natural juices and homemade pastries, sit down to listen to music from all over the planet and talk with craftspeople of all nationalities who have stopped on the white island allured by its sense of freedom. In winter, the market regains all the tranquillity and warmth of little things.
The root of this entire set-up was the Las Dalias bar: built in the 1950s, it had a dance room where bands would play. In the 1960s, it became the focal point for hippies from all over the world who began to hold improvised jam sessions in the gardens. The bar’s fame began to spread internationally, and musicians like Bob Marley, Stan Webb, Ian Gillian (Deep Purple), Brian May (Queen), Ron Wood (Rolling Stones) and many others made a stop at Las Dalias.
In summer the market offers a host of possibilities: live performances – in the summer evening festivals Nina Hagen has made an appearance more than once singing mantras – art festivals, massive multimedia sessions that last until the wee hours of the night… A must-see for anyone who wants to live and breath the spirit of Ibiza.
Other markets and outdoor markets on the island:
- Markets in Eivissa
. Every day from May to October, the port of Eivissa and the Ses Figueretes boardwalk are the home to a market (from 6 pm to 12 midnight). Plus, every Thursday from June to September the Weapons Courtyard of the Town Hall hosts crafts workshops (from 6 pm to 12 midnight).
- Markets in Sant Antoni
. The Passeig de la Mar in Sant Antoni de Portmany is the home to a night-time market from Monday to Saturday between May and October (from 6 pm to 12 midnight). Between June and September, there is a market every Friday on Carrer Ample (from 5 pm to 12 midnight).
- Markets in Sant Joan
. A market is held in Plaça de Sant Miquel in the town of Sant Joan de Labritja every Thursday from June to October (from 6 to 11 pm).
- Markets in Sant Josep
. Carrer des Caló in Sant Agustí des Vedrà is the home to a daily market from May to October (7 to 11 pm). The one in the Platja d’en Bossa in Sant Jordi de Ses Salines is held simultaneously (daily and at the same time, but from May to September).
- Markets in Santa Eulària des Riu
. From May to October there are crafts market in Punta Arabí des Canar (Wednesdays from 10 am to 7 pm), on Carretera de Sant Carles (Saturdays from 10 am to 10 pm) and on Passeig de l’Alamera (every day except Wednesday from 10 am to 8 pm).
La Mola, a hippie feel
The hippy atmosphere of Formentera is intense in the Pilar de la Mola market, where craftspeople from the island gather to display their work in public. Without doubt this is one of the main tourist attractions in this village at the southern tip of Formentera, where the La Mola lighthouse stands on the highest coastal section.
Every Wednesday and Sunday from June to October (from 4 pm to 11 pm), one can see handicrafts made from different materials such as wood, silver, metal and leather, and acquire top-quality craft objects. Often the market is accompanied by live music performances.
Some of the craftspeople at La Mola came to Formentera with the 1960s hippy movement and settled on the island, where they found peace, freedom, a wild landscape and a traditional way of life. The workshop and shop of the jeweller, Majoral is near the market.
Other outdoor markets on the island:
- Sant Ferran art market
. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday you can visit the Sant Ferran de Ses Roques art market located on Calle Major (from 7 pm to 12 midnight).
- Market in Sant Francesc
. This market is held every day on Carrer Jaume I and in the Plaça de la Constitució in Sant Francesc (from 10 am to 2 pm).
- Second-hand market
. Everything second-hand imaginable can be found in this popular market held all year round every Tuesday and Saturday in the Jardí de ses Eres in Sant Francesc (from 11 am to 2 pm).
- Market in Es Pujols
. Every day from May to October, the pedestrian street in Es Pujols is the home to a market (from 8 pm to 12 midnight).
- La Savina market
. This market is only held in July and August on the centrally-located Paseo de la Marina (from 11 am to 2 pm and from 5 pm to 12 midnight).