Ibiza shopping

October 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Ibiza is famous for its markets, its craftworks and its cosmopolitan and multicultural character. The markets of Ibiza attract those who are curious and celebrities from all over the world and some people believe that its stalls are little laboratories for future trends where you can find designs, styles and objects that, shortly after, may be seen in the shop windows of the leading European cities.

Ibiza Town market

Ibiza Town market

• Las Dallas: Every Saturday throughout the year this is an unavoidable appointment for thousands of people who come to visit the island. They can purchase handmade articles, ceramics, Adlib fashion, exotic musical instruments, precious stones and jewellery, books, all kinds of souvenirs of the island or simply enjoy the atmosphere that the market offers. For those who prefer to go shopping after the sunset, the night market takes place on Mondays from June to September. The concert hall of Las Dalias, where concerts are programmed for all the year has been the scene for some legendary shows. For more information: www.lasdalias.com

• Punta Arabi: Every Wednesday from April to October for the last 25 years the market of Es Canar turns into an indispensable visit. Situated on an asphalt surface and in an urban area replete with bars, hotels and restaurants it offers more than 400 stalls, laid out in streets that you can walk through in a comfortable stroll and made even more pleasant in the afternoon with the addition of live music. For more information: www.hippymarket.com

You will also find shops and stalls where you may buy handmade goods, fashion and gifts in Dalt Vila, La Marina, Av. Bartolome Roselle) and in Ses Figueretes, within the confines of Ibiza town. In Sant Antoni the stalls of craftwork and gifts are to be found in the Seafront Ses Fonts, beside the more commercial zone. In Santa Eularia, in addition to the markets of Las Dalias and Punta Arabi, you may also visit the artisans stalls that are set up every day of the summer in the S’Alamera Walk. The main street of Sant Miguel also has a craftwork market every Thursday during the high season.

In Ibiza two craftwork fairs are organized, the “Placa d’Art”, during Easter Week, and “So Tardor”, at the end of September, in the central Vara de Rey Square. Whoever wishes to get to know the work of the island’s potters should know that eight kilometres from Sant Antoni and close to Ibiza there is Sant Rafel, the only village on the island that has been declared “Zone of craftwork interest”, and where some of the master craftsmen and women on the island work to produce a school with pieces inspired in Punic pottery. Their workshops are open to the public.

The island is the refuge of artists from all corners of the planet who have chosen this land to live. Their works are shown in galleries of art, in markets, in artisans’ workshops, in shops… Ibiza is the source of inspiration and cradle of the most innovative tendencies and a good example of this is the music that is born on the island and reaches an international audience. The marvellous spectacle of the sunset turns each summer into the testing ground where the most famous Ms try out new rhythms. The music industry and some of the most well-known composers find in Ibiza the necessary stimulus to their creative processes. (photo:Andy Flatman)

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