Spain Travel Junkie Diary of

MadJam

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
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Funny thing about Ibiza. You never seem to get enough of it! Every time you talk to someone who has been there before, would tell you that this is not their first time. It is a place where music speaks for your feelings, it is a place where you can go alone and never be alone. It is a place where everyone becomes one. Fortunately for us, we have another diary of Ibiza, but every one of them is one of a kind. A DJ producer and a broadcaster who travels weekly to play in clubs and events across the region, produces radio ads and shows for various stations & airlines. Ahmad MadJam Ajam has been touching people’s soul through his music and remixes, he is also famous for his wide range of House Music.

Here is his diary

Destination Ibiza, Spain

Full of positive energy, happy people and great place to revive your ears, body and soul

Stayed at Pacha Hotel, but prefer staying in rented villas instead. More privacy & fun.

Pacha Hotel is located across the street from the club in Ibiza Town so pretty much walking distance to the old town which is loaded with lots of really cool pre-club bars. It’s a very “zen” based hotel with minimal design and white walls. There’s also Ushuaia hotel which is where there’s an event happening every day of the week (til midnight) and a bunch of after parties in the “Pioneer” Suites that have a full DJ set-up. Hotels are really about the location in Ibiza, you wanna be where the action is and the hotel is only really used for chilling/sleeping… which you’d probably only use for 3-6 hours every day (or every other day).

Month  April, but that was more of a “chill” trip, but best time to be there is end of July, beginning of August. It’s the peak of Europe’s summer might be a little packed, but great energy. If you don’t wanna get stuck in the taxi queue then go in September and you’ll be more at ease.

In your suitcase Keep in mind you don’t have or wanna waste any time to sort laundry so pack lots of socks, boxers, fun shirts, comfy shoes (for all the dancing & walking) board shorts, at least 2 pairs of jeans, sunglasses, fresh light cologne, razor, toothbrush and all that. My suitcase also carries my recorders, headphones, hard drives/SD cards loaded with music all ready for the daily after parties.

Dined at Lio is by far the best restaurant as it’s a combination of excellent food, beautiful views and an incredible line-up of entertainment from dancers, swimmers, acrobats, singers and then the DJ plays great tunes afterwards as well. From Risotto to seafood, salads to steaks, the whole menu is fantastic. There are so many high end restaurants on the island, but you’ll most likely need a car to get you around as the hidden gems lie in the hills.

Shopped Ibiza Old Town is the best for over-all shopping with all the clubs and club nights having their own shop like Space, Matinee, F*** Me I’m Famous, Pacha, and the rest. Since they are the official merchandise outlets the prices will be quite expensive. If you wanna go for something cheaper then Playa D’en Bossa has a bunch of shops with great souvenirs you can buy for your friends.

Diary It all depends on what time the flight arrives on the island & how long the trip is going to be. There was one time I arrived late at night and decided to rest as we had a long day on a boat & then club & then after party the next 36 hours. That first night of sleep was the only 4 hours of sleep I managed to get until 13 days later away from Ibiza. During the day there are a lot of nice beaches with most of the ones on Playa D’en Bossa being the best socially at places like Sands & Ushuaia. Blue Marlin is nice for sunsets and beyond, try to avoid St. Antonio unless it’s Café Mambo. Just find out which DJs are playing at which clubs and it’s really all about being there from midnight til closure (7 or 8 am depending on the club).

Tips Just try to keep up with the energy of the island, do not over-sleep, keep dancing, Ibiza is all about dance music so do not play anything else. There’s Ibiza Sonica the local radio station that plays the right music 24 hours a day, funky during the day, progressive & tech house at night with sets being broadcasted live from parties and clubs around the island and on boats. It’s on 95.2FM do not bother tuning to other stations as they talk too much. Just be positive, leave the worries away and get ready for some of the happiest memories of your life.

What did you learn from your trip Every trip you take should add more to your love of life, and if you know how to do Ibiza right then expect only the best to come out of a trip there. It’s been an annual trip ever since my first time, and one of the highlights of the year. Everyone is on the same positive level, so much to the point you never see a single fight ever happen there. If only the rest of the world could be more like the Ibiza.

Mode of travel There are a bunch of ways to fly to Ibiza. From the Middle East depends on what city, Emirates has flights to Barcelona & Madrid and you can take a connecting flight from both airports. Beirut has low-cost airline Vueling flying direct to Barcelona during the summer season so instead of transiting through 2-3 airports (and taking nearly 13 hours to get there) it now takes barely 6.

*Profile photo credit to Kristopher Chahda

Un-marked Beaches View from Villa Pool Pacha El Hotel Ibiza Port Ibiza Old Town Daytime Town named Siesta (nap) Santa Eularia Amnesia Sunrise Amnesia Early Playa D'en Bossa Pacha Hotel1

 

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