"BENIRRAS, CALA LLENYA, FORADA & MERCADO VIEJO"
The market at Benirras, meanwhile, is right on the beach and gets particularly busy on Sundays, when seemingly the entire population of Ibiza descends to see the famous bongo drummers playing to the tune of the sunset. Largely a selection of island-made crafts like jewellery, crochet beachwear, leather bags and accessories and various other hippie-inspired attire, this is the perfect market if you’ve sunk fully into the bohemian, Balearic way of life, and now need the feathers to prove it.
Another family favourite is Cala Llenya market on the island’s east coast. Open every Sunday, all year round, this laid-back breeze of a spot is often full of traders selling all manner of brightly-coloured hand-made goods, while the onsite restaurant serves up a giant paella alfresco and a little food truck sells grilled German sausages – the scents wafting in the air are enough to entice anyone in from the street. There’s a lovely, relaxed vibe plus live music and impromptu dancing, ticking all those quintessential market experience boxes.
Foodies will want to make a beeline for the Forada market, located next to Can Tixedo on the countryside roads between San Antonio and San Rafael, because here is the place to line cupboards with an array of organic produce including fresh fruits and vegetables, wine, honey, fresh bread and homemade cakes, all interspersed with some stunning artwork by local artists, which are dotted about the space. A wonderful way to spend a Saturday afternoon, be sure to source the stalls selling the local tipple, Hierbas Ibicencas – it is the weekend, after all.
Finally, for a truly authentic experience, head to the centre of Ibiza town to wander among the ancient cobbled pathways of Mercado Viejo, the ‘old market.’ Traders have been coming here to sell their crafts for thousands of years, and these days, it’s home to suppliers of fresh, local produce like fruits and vegetables, flowers, olive oil, cheese, chocolate, and all the other delicious things that ordinarily you wouldn’t indulge in. Afterwards, take a seat on the alfresco terrace right opposite at Croissant Show, sup on coffee, and watch as passersby climb the ancient drawbridge that leads up to Dalt Vila – a true Ibiza experience at its best.