7:00 | January 12. 2019

Barão de São João | The best Hippie Market in the Algarve

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*** Update - This market is no longer running in  Portugal***

Barão de São João is a hippie market-based in the Algarve of Portugal and runs every last Sunday of every month. It is one of the most energetic, colourful, vibrant and loving markets I have ever been too and the memories of this place will stay with me forever.

The market is situated in the small village and unites groups of mainly vandwellers who escaped 'normal' society. They collectively meet here to share their handcrafted goods amongst the laughs, smiles and love. The market is international and we met people from all different walks of life from Israel, France, Germany, UK and Portugal to name a few. We even bumped into a lot of other vandwellers we met along our journey and it was as though the community had gathered here altogether, to enjoy this incredible event.

The market is run by vandwellers who can pitch and sell their items for free and is open to anyone who wants to have a go at selling their pieces or share their unique talent. Some people do this for a living either full time or part time, to provide an income whilst travelling on the road. One lady was selling her services as a hairdresser and she had a long queue outside her van which was lovely too see. Another gentlemen were selling on the spot poetry from his typewriter and would share individual poems to the receiver and read the heartwarming poems aloud in front of the crowds.

What can you find at the market?

- An array of Plant-based, vegetarian & Vegan Dishes
- Hand Crafted Jewellery made from Silver, Gold Oak and Wood Cork to name a few 
- Artists providing heartwarming performances and unique entertainment 
- Organic Fruit & Vegetables
- Lots of love and heart hugs from everyone 😀
- People playing instruments from the foot of their vans
- Unique and creative vans and vandwellers 
- Areas for children to get creative and bond 
- Paintings & Personalised handcrafts
- Services such as haircuts & Tattoos Poetry
- Alternative medicines such as Herbs & CBD oil
- Dancing around the Campfires and good singalong.

Location of the Market 

Date: Every 4th Sunday of every month.

Address: Sports area, Recinto do Polidesportivo, Barão de São João

11 responses to “Barão de São João | The best Hippie Market in the Algarve”

  1. Margaret Baker says:

    Looks like great fun and still the sun shines! xx

  2. Mage says:

    Hello,how to be part of the market?i m a hand crafter im planning to spend next summer in algarve.do i need to pay to show my work?

    • Kerina Newell says:

      Hi Mage, The Market is absolutely free to everyone to take part so no need to worry about paymen. I’ve heard its best to get there a few days early to set up, find a good spot and enjoy meeting like-minded people. It was honestly one of my favourite parts of the Algarve. Good luck and let me know how you get on. Love K xx

  3. maddalena says:

    the market ist past now. i heard they stopped the market.police decision or townhall decision. it had become too much, i guess, too many people passing the week directly on the market place or in the mata (forest) and making too much trouble.

  4. Brenda keila says:

    Interesante este encuentro de arte y liberdade

  5. Sandra says:

    Went there today: there is no market any more.

    • Kerina Newell says:

      Hi, Sandra Thanks for getting in touch. That’s such a shame that the market is no longer running. I do hope you enjoyed your time in Portugal regardless.
      I’ll be sure to update this post and let my readers know.

  6. Jonathan says:

    Are they any other markets around that is more or less similar? Must be a few of them? Cheers

  7. Ruby says:

    Are there any other markets around doing something similar ? I would love to sell my products there, i am based mid Portugal and am looking for places to sell. Thanks kindly

    • Kerina Newell says:

      Hi Ruby, Thank for your comment. Unfortunately I am no longer based in Portugal, so cant help you on this one. The best bet would be to contact the local council and ask if there are any new upcoming markets.

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