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The best nights out in Europe

Thursday, September 2, 2010
Here's a Getaway experience with a difference. Our presenters visited 22 wonderful locations in 17 countries on five continents to bring you 24 Hours Around the World.


United Kingdom

When you are travelling around the United Kingdom, a pub visit is a must. Jules Lund had spent a long, cold day seeing the sights of Manchester and by 7pm it was time for dinner.

He headed for the city's trendy Northern Quarter and went to Trof, a pub that describes itself as "a dandyish den of opulence". People hang out there all day, sipping coffee and eating cake, tucking into burgers, sandwiches and salads. They also serve pies, tortillas and big bowls of soup. There's a wide range of beer and spirits and music every day.

Jules tucked into bangers and mash, and bearing in mind how cold he was, didn't mind that the English serve their beer warmer than Australians usually like it.

The Northern Quarter is well worth looking around. It's the creative quarter of Manchester and is quite bohemian. It's home to fashion designers, alternative lifestylers, restaurants, bars and residential developments. The area is undergoing development and regeneration and is on a tentative list of nominated sites for UNESCO World Heritage site status.


Ben Dark's night story was in Ålesund in the Sunmøre region of Norway. It is regularly voted Norway's most beautiful city. Art nouveau architecture makes up a myriad of turrets, spires and beautiful ornamentation giving it a fairytale air. It has beautiful scenery and stunning fjords. It's also a great place to experience the midnight sun.

The experience is a difficult one for visitors to comprehend. Imagine 95 days when the sun doesn't go down. In countries extending north above the Arctic Circle, summer means 24 hours of sunshine. Full stop. No darkness.

Not surprisingly, researchers have found the extended daylight plays havoc with people's chemical and biological make-up. It causes irritability, hyperactivity and hypomania, an elevated mood and decreased need for sleep.

In Ålesund Ben saw locals out walking, boating and playing as the clock struck 12 — midnight. The father of two active children, Ben wondered how locals convinced their young ones that it's bedtime!


Well, Jason Dundas is on the Greek Island of Ios winding up Getaway's 24 Hours Around the World special.

He braved a visit to Chora, where the streets and squares are filled with people enjoying loud music and gathering to start another memorable night of dancing and drinking until dawn. Everyone wanders along the small side streets, and wherever they go there are bars and clubs.

You can ease your way into what promises to be a long night at Orange Bar or Ios Club where you can enjoy quiet music and a drink as the sun sets.

When you're ready to join the partying throngs you won't have any trouble finding a place playing your favourite music. Jazz, Irish, R&B, hip-hop, disco, pop, classical and, of course, Greek music are all available.

Related: Manchester


The United Kingdom, Norway and Greece.


Emirates has some fantastic fares to 25 European destinations from:
  • Perth $1710
  • Melbourne and Adelaide $1713
  • Sydney $1733
  • Brisbane $1735

These fares are available only online and for a limited time to the first 100 people to book. Log on to Sales and validity dates and conditions apply.

Prices correct at September 2, 2010.

For further information

Ph: 1300 303 777

8 Thomas Street
Greater Manchester M4 1EU
United Kingdom
Ph: +44 161 833 3197

Manchester Northern Quarter

Norway Tourism

Ios Tourism

United Kingdom

Visas: Visas are not required for Australians entering the UK for tourism for stays of less than six months. If you wish to work, you must obtain the appropriate two-year visa in advance.
Electricity: 220V with a three-point plug.
Time: GMT.
Currency: The British pound sterling.
International dialling code: +44.


Visas: Australian passport holders do not require a visa to enter Greece.
Electricity: 220V at 50Hz electricity. Two- and three-point plugs are used.
Time zone: GMT +3.
Currency: The euro.
International dialling code: +30.


Visas: A valid passport is needed but no visa is required.
Electricity: 230V at 50Hz using round plugs with two round pins.
Time zone: GMT +1.
Currency: The krone.
International dialling code: +47.

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