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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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!
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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