May 19, 2018

Las Dalias Hippie market

Back in the Sixties, the paradisiacal beauty of Ibiza attracted a large community of hippies and artists from all over the world, searching for the perfect place to create and express their art. Slowly but surely, these artists started meeting up to exchange and sell their creations, and thus were born the hippy markets in Ibiza.

Las Dalias must be the most famous one. A colourful, eclectic and vibrant market full of local fashion, handcrafted leather, funky art, unique decor, amazing jewellery and plenty of quirky "solo en Ibiza" finds... all bathed in a distinct aroma of sandalwood incense!

The story goes that Las Dalias started back in 1954, when a local man opened a dancehall and held the opening party on November 4th. It’s was the day of the patron saint of Sant Carles, the town in which Las Dalias is held and it wasn’t until the 80’s that it became an official Hippy Market.

Joan Mari continued to throw parties at what soon became a restaurant and local facility for weddings, baptisms, and all kinds of local events. They became so legendary that even Bob Marley is said to have eaten at Mari’s table – followed of course by a spontaneous jam session.

31 years after Joan Mari began bringing the local community together under his dancehall roof, a small market was opened. It was Valentine’s Day, 1985 and there were just five stalls. Today, the markets hosts over 200 stalls and on some days receives over 20,000 visitors…

Authenticity, especially in an island such as Ibiza, is difficult to account for. And nowhere is the question of authenticity more apparent than in the hippy markets that dot the island.

Some might think Las Dalias is an assault on the eyes but I love it! Bright colours aren’t just woven into the folk dresses but into the canopies of each stall. The Ibizan sun, when it can find a gap in the canopies, is refracted in the mirrors set up for shoppers to try on jewellery and headbands. Turqoises, pinks, oranges, teals and sandy yellow tones crowd the edges of each walkway.

So next time I come to Ibiza, I’m coming with an empty bag and spending my first day at Las Dalias buying clothes for the rest of the trip”

Authentic since 1954

Dream catchers in Ibiza's fetish colour

Flower power all the way

If I were 20 years younger!!!

What time does Happy Hour start I wonder?!?

I am taking this chair home for my kitchen!

Cuteness in every nook and cranny.

Ibiza vibes 

Which part of the body are you suppose to put these?!? 

As hippie as it gets...

Flashback to the 1970s

Local hang out

Stalls cramped under and around the trees.

This cookbook has my name written all over it!

Seriously wondering about the ingredients?!?

The most traditional stall of all.

Happiness comes in many colours!

Just look at his hair!!!

A lady who has probably been around since the beginning!

How can you resist?

We are alone happy family in Ibiza.

Las Dalias own groovy music playing in the background.

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