Cyprus's painful recent history is hidden somewhere beneath the foam parties and beer kegs it is synonymous with thanks to resorts such as Ayia Napa. Cyprus claims the territory now occupied by Northern Cyprus, and its president referred to the British-administered and controlled military bases of Akrotiri and Dhekelia as 'colonial bloodstains'.

If you don't go to Cyprus to party, you can visit Nicosia, the world's last divided capital. A pedestrian crossing to Northern Cyprus was opened in 2008. The Troodos Mountains in the southwest and parts of the coastline offer some fantastic drives. Skiing is even possible there and a resort is being built.


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Why you should go:

To party.

Why you shouldn't:

You don't like British tourists.

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