If there’s one thing Ibiza does not have a reputation for, it’s shopping. Not for lack of cool boutiques, trendy stores and interesting local markets, but perhaps because in between all the beaches, bars, restaurants and nightclubs, who can find the time for retail therapy? Let me assure you, shopping on the white isle is every bit as satisfying as in a major capital city (I have the credit card bills to prove it), but in my experience, it tends to be something that happens organically.
Keep the credit card handy
That perfect purchase jumps out at you when you least expect it, whether it’s high fashion found in a beach boutique, fine jewellery unearthed late at night while bar-hopping in a back street, the latest music or clubbing souvenirs you’ve discovered while buying your club tickets or quirky local art you’ve spotted on the side of the road on your way to the beach. Just keep the credit card in close proximity, as you never know when and where you may be tempted to splash some cash.
In keeping with the island’s notoriously laidback attitude, most shops know their customers are on holidays and unlikely to be early risers, so they open at around 11am, unless it’s a high street chain store which will throw the doors open an hour earlier, or a market, which tend to kick off around 9am.
The siesta is strictly observed between 2pm and 6pm (again, unless it’s a major retailer or market) and many stay open as late as midnight and 1am in the months of July and August. If you happen to be here in the winter – a great time to score huge discounts of up to 80 per cent in the end-of-season and post-Christmas sales – it’s not as much of a late night culture with stores shutting up shop at by 8pm.