Cyprus. Photo: Peter Fristedt

Cyprus

Watch loggerhead turtles lay their eggs on Golden Beach, scope out Aphrodite’s Rock – where the Greek Goddess of love and beauty emerged from the sea – or take to the hills for some hiking and orchid hunting near Kantara Castle; Cyprus isn’t only beaches and bar-hopping.

The island is split into a Greek south and a Turkish north, and Nicosia is the only divided capital city in the world, though it’s no problem to cross from one half to the other.

Towns like Famagusta – with its cathedral converted into a mosque – are as pretty as they are interesting, and there are castles and the ancient ruins of Salamis for those who like old stones.

We even put together a list of reasons why you should consider studying abroad in Cyprus.

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