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Does hippy Ibiza actually still exist?

In search of the island's original spirit

  • Words: Johnny Lee | Image: Marc de Groot
  • 12 July 2017
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“Hippie Ibiza absolutely still exists,” argues Monika Kruse. “Last year during my stay in Ibiza, I went to a hippie jam session at a private house. It was an open house; there were instruments for sharing and about 30 people jamming, kids dancing. There was no alcohol – although there was lots of hemp tea – and it was one of my best Ibiza moments to date. For my next trip, I’m looking forward to having a reiki session with Trish from Soul Adventures. She’s based up in the north of the island and I’ve heard great things about her.”

Pacha headliner Martin Solveig also cites the north of the island as a bastion for hippie life. “From the north of the island to Cala Escondida, the hippie scene spreads and peaks with the sunset celebrations at Benirrás. The hippie market also has some local artisans and some not so genuine, also it's a pain to access at high season. I prefer the local market at the San Jordi hippodrome. These places have become curiosity spots and attract a lot more people than the local hippies. But Ibiza is actually all about that, the mix of people who would never cross paths if they weren’t in Ibiza. It's one of the things I love most about the island.”

Denney is another big fan of the hippie markets. “The hippie markets in Es Cana and Las Dalias are definitely worth checking out,” he explains. “Benirras is also a hippy haven. And if you're up for a mission, the infamous Atlantis is a great place to go and get away from the madness. A wicked party to check out is Wax Da Jam at Las Dalias. Built around a total hippy vibe, it’s guaranteed to be a great night out.”

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