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Leaving the fun- and sun-drenched isle of Ibiza behind can be tricky – though like any vacation destination, there’s no shortage of souvenirs to help you cling on to those summer memories. Forget the keyrings and fridge magnets, and head to one of these top places for something a little less tacky and a lot more unique.
The charming ancient streets that rise dramatically (‘Dalt Vila‘ means ‘high town’) above Ibiza Town are filled with independently owned shops, and are perfect to spend a balmy evening browsing for beautiful souvenirs. As you stroll along the whitewashed cobbled streets it’s hard not to miss the ‘Adlib’ clothing that adorns many a storefront. Identifiable as lightweight white cotton skirts, trousers, tops and hats, this bohemian fashion trend just screams ‘Ibiza’. Better yet, it will certainly do wonders for the Mediterranean tan as you board the plane home back to the rain.
Fashionable handmade esparto wicker baskets, a signature of Ibiza, are seen everywhere on the island gracing the arms of many a bronzed babe. Originally, these items were not beach bags or souvenirs, but instead worn by farmers in the fields to carry fruit and vegetables. The Pascual family have been hand-weaving baskets, sandals, rugs, fans and hats on their humble premises for generations so you are certainly getting the real deal here.
Carrer la Santa Creu, 30, Eivissa, Ibiza, Spain, +34 971 310 874
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For something more unusual, step back in time at the annual Medieval Fair held in Ibiza Town every May, where the lanes of the old town are lined with tempting food stalls, costumed jesters, and tumbling acrobats playing tribute to Ibiza’s multi-cultural history. The 60 or so colourful market stalls, with vendors in medieval costumes, sell interesting traditional medieval fare – candied fruits, exotic spices, jewellery, leather goods, perfume, soaps, and of course ‘Hierbas’ liquor – all make for perfect treats to take home with you.
Not to be confused with the famously potent Ibizan spirit offered at the end of a meal in many restaurants, Hierbas de Ibiza is actually one of the most recognisable colognes on the island. Handmade since the 1990s, there are a variety of products with the distinctive scent including candles, bath salts, soaps and solid perfume, all of which can be found at the wonderful Can Murenu Boutique. Clustered with bohemian treasures and Ibizan brands, you’re bound to gather up a few other precious gifts along the way to the till.
Passeig de Vara de Rey, 5, Ibiza Town, Ibiza, Spain, +34 971 301 930
Not every souvenir needs to be brand new. Flea markets, known as rastrillos, are big news in Ibiza and have become an incredibly popular recreation for both residents and holidaymakers throughout the year. Vendors sell unwanted items, upcycled household goods, and many curiosities at reasonable prices while live music and food stalls keep everyone entertained and fed. One of most popular of these bargain hunter haunts lie at the huge hippodrome in Sant Jordi on Saturday mornings. You might even find some ‘pre-loved’ souvenirs on the cheap!
Carretera de l’Aeroport, Sant Jordi de ses Salines, Ibiza, Spain, Saturdays 8am-3pm