Whilst the island of Ibiza is better known for it’s clubbing scene and beautiful coastal scenery, it’s fast becoming a popular shopping destination and Ibiza Town, Ibiza’s largest city, is packed with enough goodies for a day of satisfying retail therapy. Here’s a quick guide to shopping in the bustling seaside city.
During high season, most of the retail shops in Ibiza Town are open seven days a week, usually all day up until around 10pm. Smaller specialty stores such as bakeries and tobacconists tend to respect siesta hours, which typically means open 10am – 2pm with a break for lunch and re-opening at 4.30pm until 8pm.
If in Ibiza in the high season (approximately July and August), it’s a good idea to hit the shops early in the day, before the crowds and the heat. Alternatively, there is a great atmosphere around 7pm when night falls, the lights of the city come on and you can enjoy some tapas and cocktails along the shopping route.
For shoppers who prefer the price tag of high street brands such as Zara and Mango, the best areas for you are the streets of Vara del Rey and Rosello. Other well known brands you’ll find along this strip and in nearby streets include Intimissimi, Stradivarius, Womens Secret, Bershka, Pull & Bear, as well as several of the Ibiza clubbing merchandise stores.
For a more interesting shopping experience, In and around the winding cobblestone streets of Dalt Vila, you’ll find a plethora of independently owned boutique stores selling all sorts of items, from unique jewellery and bohemian clothing to leather goods and traditional Ibicencan basketware.
If shopping for a unique gift or souvenir for someone back home, or something ‘very Ibizan’ for yourself, then this is the place to shop. Some particularly good stores selling locally made products include jose Pascual for woven bags and baskets, Ibiza Republic for casual beachwear and Sandal Shop for beautiful leather goods.
There are also several high-end designer stores near here with carefully curated collections from the hippest designs from Europe and the UK. Stores including True Style Ibiza, Religion, Revolver and Nosh are just a few of the popular pit stops for those who like to run with the fashion pack.
For shoppers who want to pick up a few cheap and cheerful souvenirs for friends back home, then weave through the market stalls around the old port quarter La Marina, everyday of the summer from late afternoon til late evening. This being said, if you really love a good market, it’s worthwhile heading to the famous Saturday hippy markets, Las Dalias, located in the north of the island near San Carlos.
So if you are looking for a luxury escape in the sun with a good dose of retail therapy, then consider the island of Ibiza. If you want to shop until you drop, consider staying in a hotel or one of the luxury villas in Ibiza Town during your stay.