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Ibiza hippie: discovering the other side of the Balearic Islands

Written on : 15 September 2017
Hippie culture: intimately linked to the recent history of Ibiza

Hippie culture: intimately linked to the recent history of Ibiza

Today known by the summer people as the biggest party destination in the world, Ibiza was above all the refuge of the hippies in search of serenity and idyllic framework to live their dream of absolute freedom.
 

Ibiza hippie: living the dream when staying on the island

Now known to summer visitors as the largest festive destination in the world, Ibiza was above all a haven for hippies in search of serenity and idyllic surroundings to live their dream of absolute freedom.

Behind the festive cliché of Ibiza hides a more discreet and fascinating story. At the dawn of the 60s, artists and rich tourists came to take refuge on the island and it is from 1964 that the first hippies landed. In an effort to escape the new consumer society emerging in the West and the dictatorship of Franco, spirits in search of love and fraternity settled on the island.

Between 1967 and 1975, a real community settled in Ibiza and the neighbouring island of Formentera, in perfect harmony with the local population, who then supplied them with essential foodstuffs for everyday life. Idealists, artists, thinkers or simply individuals in search of the wild magic of Ibiza, coasts of great beauty and rural lands still little marked by tourism made this island, home.

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Ibiza hippie : discover the mythical places of the hippies

Ibiza hippie : discover the mythical places of the hippies

The hippie markets
 
To soak up the bohemian and hippie soul of Ibiza, the first place to visit during your getaway is the Punta Arabi market that takes place every Wednesday in the town of Santa Eularia. In a relaxed and timeless atmosphere, go in search of clothes, accessories, costume jewelry and musical instruments that marked the 70s. Another hippie market, Las Dalias, has been held every Saturday since 1954. Stroll through its stalls to the sound of the music that resounds. You will find a large choice of typical products, clothes and jewelry. This market is located near the famous hippie village of Sant Carles (San Carlos). 
 
The hippie village of Sant Carlos
 
Don't hesitate to visit this pretty little village near the sea, in the north-east of Ibiza. While strolling through its streets you will come across a restaurant opened in the 1960s. The Bar Anita or Ca n'Anneta was born during the Flower Power period. Come and enjoy tapas and local dishes in this charming restaurant. It is one of the emblems of the area and was very popular with the hippies. Another feature of this bar is its walls decorated with mailboxes. They were used by the hippies to communicate with their relatives and still decorate the walls.
 

The beaches

One of the must-see places in Ibiza Hippie is the Aigües Blanques beach located in Santa Eulalia. A wild and preserved beach at only 10 minutes from the village of San Carlos! Much frequented by hippies, it is a nudist beach, but you will also meet locals and families. Its long stretches of golden sand and crystal clear waters make it one of the most beautiful beaches in Ibiza. At the end of the beach you will discover the chiringuito, a bar where you can sip a cocktail facing the sea. Another place frequented by hippies, the beach of Benirras. Backed by a forest-covered mountain, this site regularly hosts hippies who celebrate the sunset with drums. This fascinating spectacle is enhanced by the exhilarating rhythm of the music. A hippie party not to be missed!

Hippie culture today

Hippie culture today

Today, the hippie legacy is mostly that of a state of mind and a way of life, as the hippies of the 70's left the island due to the rising prices of housing, food and party tickets. The newcomers have more money, but the spirit is the same. In fact, Ibiza is now inhabited more by the hippie culture than by real hippies. 

To honor the hippie culture, a bronze statue was unveiled at the port in 2016. Created by Catalan artist Ció Abellí, it depicts a hippie and his daughter walking on a world map. The work was inspired by a photo of the famous photographer Toni Riero taken in the 1970s. You can find it at the intersection of Carrer Lluis Tur i Palau and Carrer Guillem de Montgrí, near the port of Eivissa.

Do you want to experience a hippie party? Every Monday in San Antonio, the Wax Da Jam party gives you the chance to experience the atmosphere of Ibiza "the old fashioned way", far from the tight shirts and high heels.

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