Jul 20, 2012
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Peace & Love, Hippies in Ibiza

Hippies in Ibiza

Who where those people of that counterculture movement? Full of freedom, happiness, peace and love.

Living in communes, defending ecology, the pleasure of traveling, long hair, brightly colored clothing in unusual styles, head bands and long beaded necklaces.

Well, it all started in the Haight-Ashbury district in San Francisco. Young people were attracted to this village because of the low rent houses. Many of these youth were called ‘beatniks’, a subculture that would evolve into the hippies. By the mid-1960s Haight-Ashbury had become the center of the hippie culture. It was also known as the center of drugs and it was home to many psychedelic rock groups like Jefferson Airplane and The Grateful Dead. By the time ‘the Summer of Love’ was organized in 1967, Haight-Ashbury had become ‘the place to be’ for the hippies across the country. Prominent intellectuals such as Aldous Huxley and Timothy Leary were one of the ideologues who preach this philosophy of life alternative.

But what about ibiza? It was the tourist boom in the 1960s that brought the hippies in their masses to Ibiza and it became the European equivalent of San Francisco. People just began to see what there was to live in a different way.

Peace & Love , hippies in ibiza

There were variant classes of hippies. First it were the ones who started the movement. Tens, then hundreds of thousands of young people had to give up their dream of college to go to fight in a distant war and some of them flew to Ibiza. But also painters, artist and other interesting people moved to the magic island. ‘Make love not war’ was their slogan. They created a new environment; they lived in field houses with up to 30 people with the doors always open, and they shared everything. Later the hippies became part of the materialist, consumer culture. They became artisans and made all kind of jewelry, sandals, belts and clothes. After that came the markets (which still exist today as the hippie markets like Las Dalias) where they earned a living by doing their work normally.

Hippie Market Ibiza

In those years they were experimenting a lot with very pure drugs. Many hippies used cannabis, considering it pleasurable and benign. They were against the use of hard drugs like alcohol, heroin, amphetamines and cocaine because they generate high levels of addiction and they didn’t accept the business that was around it. There were hippies that used it sometimes but most were looking for new ways to relax.

Music was a really important aspect too. That time consisted of unique psychedelic folk rock music, the level of Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, Jimmy Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Donovan, The Who, Crosby Stills & Nash, and Bob Dylan, among many others. This great music you can hear today, for example, at the successful Flower Power parties in Pacha.

In the late 70′s there was a revolt against this hippie movement. The events taken place in the 60’s and 70’s, for example the Tate murders and the death of 3 people during the Woodstock festival made an enourmous impact on the world and after that, the freedom of trusting total strangers was over. In Ibiza there are still some hippie communities but of course they don’t live exactly as they did in the 60’s.

Hippie made the great promotion of Ibiza. And today there are still many places that are due to them. Would you like to get that hippie feeling in Ibiza? Visit the markets in Es Canar or Las Dalias and go for a beautiful sunset in Benirras where hippies used to celebrate the drum festival. Ibiza is the island where still today people are free to express their selves either they are gay or totally dressed up. That’s what makes this island so magical.

Peace and Love from Ibiza.

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