In the inland village of Sant Jordi, you can find Ibiza’s answer to a good old fashioned car boot sale. The Sant Jordi market is hosted every Saturday at the Hippodrome, this is a flea market with a difference. The similar perception that you can find anything among the stalls remains, but Ibiza institutions tend to always have something special about them. The biggest question asked of Sant Jordi Hippodrome, was did Ibiza have a demand for second hand goods? The island has a premium edge to it and despite being a gap in the market; second hand goods were something Ibiza consumers were not used to. However, over a decade on and Sant Jordi market at the Hippodrome remains a popular destination for shoppers.
You can find what you would expect to see in a flea market anywhere in the world. The usual books, furniture, clothes and electrical appliances are there in abundance at Sant Jordi market. The more unusual items match the Ibiza ethos where nothing looks out of place. Leopard print G strings, Tibetan prayer flags and even exclusive designer jewellery will not even raise any eyebrows.
The market is a hub of activity and a multicultural meeting point for anyone with something to sell. The Balearic theme is kept through the means of gentle guitars playing in the background. The gaggle of interested people browsing the stalls, is a quaint backing track to the wind chimes and hecklers persuading the masses that their stall is the best.
The Sant Jordi Hippodrome Market is open all year round and is a fantastic place for the winter residents to find a bargain. A short drive from Eivissa or Playa D’en Bossa, it is a good example of one of the many daytime activities, you can enjoy on the island throughout the year. Hire a car and fill the boot with what is on offer in Sant Jordi, just be careful of your luggage weight allowance!