10 destinations to relive the hippie atmosphere
Inherited from the libertarians of the 1960s, hippie culture may well have the wind back in its sails! Indeed, what could be more topical than this fight against consumer society and this desire for hedonism? We're even betting on a very trendy return of the ephemeral pants and the flower shirt! Some places in the world have never abandoned this philosophy and still present themselves today as bastions of flower power. From the well-known Kathmandu to the incredible Jericoacoara, here are our 10 favorite destinations for a very peace and love dive in the hippie spirit!
San Francisco, in the footsteps of Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix
"If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair..." We all have in mind the lyrics of this song by Scott McKenzie, a hymn to one of the cradles of the hippie movement: San Francisco. To rediscover this past era, it is the Haight Ashbury district that you will have to visit. Among its Victorian houses in psychedelic colours, we will not miss those of Janis Joplin or Jimi Hendrix, true temples of flower power
Matala and its rock shelters
On the south coast of Crete, 70 km from Heraklion, Matala is famous for its caves in the cliff, dug during the Neolithic period as a funeral tomb. During the 1960s and 1970s, the hippie community settled in these caves, offering this small fishing village an alternative atmosphere, Cat Stevens and Bob Dylan are among the most famous inhabitants. Every summer, the Matala Beach music festival is held there.
El Bolsón, the charm of the end of the world
El Bolsón is a village in Andean Patagonia with a microclimate so mild that it is surrounded by all kinds of vegetation. Its appearance as a small paradise did not escape the hippies who came to settle there in the 1960s. Today, the flower power atmosphere of the place is accompanied by a great awareness of environmental issues since the city has been declared a non-nuclear zone and an ecological municipality.
Ibiza, flower power and clubbers
Today, as a temple of celebration, let us not forget that Ibiza was one of the most important places of hippie culture in the 1960s and 1970s. Many alternative communities have formed there in contact with a wild nature still not very marked by tourism. To rediscover the bohemian side of Ibiza, we will visit today the Punta Arabi market in Santa Eularia where we can find many collector's items. Benniras beach, at sunset, is also the home of the island's last hippies
Goa, temple of peace and love
If today Goa is one of India's most popular tourist destinations, in the 1970s it was the den of the hippie communities who came to take refuge there, in contact with nature. Its 105 km of beaches bordering the Arabian Sea are a splendid setting for those who want to relive the peace and love years, considering however that Goa has become famous for its crazy nightlife, so rest will not be an option!
Montezuma, a bohemian pearl from Costa Rica
Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, Montezuma is located in western Costa Rica, in the Nicoya Peninsula. Today, it has become the home of backpackers from all over the world, with a bohemian atmosphere, in a splendid setting: between waterfalls, natural pools and lush vegetation. An ecological protection fund has been created to preserve Montezuma and avoid the harmful effects of overdeveloped tourism
Paï, a hippie refuge
Located in the north of Thailand, Paï is a peaceful village nestled in the mountains. From Chiang Maï, the access road has 762 bends: beware of road sickness! But once there, the bohemian atmosphere quickly makes you forget the evils of the trip. If the small city centre, its organic food stalls and its hairdressers specialising in dreadlocks is a must, we advise you to rent a scooter to immerse yourself in the surroundings of Paï and enter into full communion with nature! Flower Power!
Jericoacoara, a Brazilian paradise
Jericoacoara is located in the west of Brazil, 300 km from Fortaleza. Its magnificent bay, bathed by the ocean, is bordered by a blindingly white sand and coconut palms. If we add to this dream setting a bohemian atmosphere where it is nice to sip a coconut in front of the setting sun, we quickly associate Jericoacoara with paradise! Rather difficult to access, the village has long been frequented by hippie communities fleeing society
Nimbin, a bohemian bastion
Located in New South Wales, nestled in the mountains, Nimbin is one of the last villages to live the hippie philosophy on a daily basis. The inhabitants promote an ecological way of life, far from the consumer society, and there are many small shops selling artisanal products. Quiet all year round, Nimbin welcomes a very large number of festival-goers during its MardiGrass every May
Kathmandu, babas and Buddha
In the late 1960s, Kathmandu was the target of many young Westerners who travelled thousands of kilometres in a van to reach their Eldorado: Buddha's native land. From this hippie atmosphere, only Freak Street and the tourist district of Thamel remain today where the many shops still sell flower power t-shirts and colourful bags of all kinds. Today, Kathmandu has become the capital of the trekkers who came to challenge the Himalayas.