Going shopping on Ibiza could be a perfect way of getting to know the island. Shopping is a fun activity we often engage in when travelling, as it represents another way of doing tourism. Ibiza has much to offer in this respect. The island is a veritable window display of traditional and modern trends where one might find clothing, handicrafts, accessories, décor, art, jewellery or original gifts. We bring you some tips, so you may make the most of your shopping experience on Ibiza.
Shopping areas on Ibiza
The more pleasant shopping areas in Ibiza town are to be found around the historical centre, and they include Dalt Vila, calle de La Virgen, Paseo de Vara de Rey, the La Marina neighbourhood and the Ibiza port, where you will find souvenir shops, local and international fashion brands and quaint shops selling handicrafts and all manner of other items. If what you are looking for are large multinational brands, head over to Bartomeu Roselló, or “la calle de las tiendas”, as the locals would call it – “the shopping street” in English. You will also find a great deal of stores at Playa d’en Bossa and Figueretas (for more budget shops), as well as at the Marina Botafoch and Marina Ibiza marinas (for the more exclusive brands). The stores in Santa Eulalia are to be found mainly on the Seafront and the main high street, Sant Jaume. In San Antonio, the main shops are to be found around the pleasant Paseo de Ses Fonts Seafront Promenade. Another of Ibiza’s highly recommendable shopping areas is Santa Gertrudis, a charming pedestrian village located in the centre of the island that is filled with handicrafts and local style clothing shops.
There are numerous markets on the island selling handicrafts, clothing, art and all manner of objects, both locally made and from around the world. The markets that are organised every day in the summer are really worth a visit, both on account of being highly picturesque and colourful and because they always have live music and other activities. Some of the most famous street markets are Las Dalias in San Carlos, which takes place on Saturdays throughout the year and on Monday and Tuesday evenings between June and September, Es Canar or Punta Arabí, every Wednesday between the beginning of April and the end of October, the Sant Joan arts and crafts market, every Sunday throughout the year, and Cala Llonga, San Rafael or San Miquel, held every Thursday afternoon throughout the summer.
You must have heard about Ibiza’s very own and well-known artisan Adlib fashion, represented by white clothing and natural fabrics, lace and embroidery. There are numerous Adlib designers offering highly varied proposals, so it is no surprise that its philosophy may be resumed into one sentence: “Dress however you like, just do it with style”. It is worth getting your hands on one of the gorgeous items made by firms Charo Ruiz, Tanit Jeans, Dira Ibiza, Virginia Vald, Ibiza Stones, Ivanna Mestres, Tony Bonet, or indeed any of the many others. Many of these stores may be found in the port of Ibiza, examples of which are Ibimoda, Bamba Adlib, the prestigious jewellery produced by Elisa Pomar and the Ibiza Das store, where you will find items from a number of Adlib designers.