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With The Bachelor having come to a (controversial) close, single women everywhere would be right in reconsidering their options in finding a long-term beau. Good news is you don’t have to put yourself on reality TV to find love, travel expert and Contiki managing director Katrina Barry gives us the low down on the best places for all the single ladies to holiday where there is not only shopping, spas and amazing food but possibly some eye candy.

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1. Paris

As Paris Fashion Week closes the French capital once again claims the title as the fashion mecca of the world. From flea markets, Galaries Lafayette and the Champs Elysees fashionistas won’t just be in shopping heaven. The city of lights also claims a 2:1 male to female ratio so save some energy for a glass of Champagne at the end of the day and work on your French skills.

2. Istanbul

Known for its mosaic of beautiful colours Istanbul is not only the perfect pamper holiday but is fast becoming one of Europe’s hottest destinations for under 35’s. Channel your inner goddess and spend your days being pampered in one of the hotel Turkish baths or traditional Hamam, not only will around four hours of massages, facials and baths only cost about $80 but you will be feeling fabulous to go out and meet some new people.

3. Edinburgh

If your ideal holiday is all about getting the local experience then there is no better place than Edinburgh. The Scots have not only made the cut as one of the friendliest cities in the world but also lay claim to hometown hotties like Gerard Butler and Richard Madden. After a day of sightseeing head to the local pub and taste test the local delicacies, you will be one of the locals in no time.

4. Greek Islands

If you are craving adventure, sunshine and good times you can’t go past the Greek Islands for your next holiday destination. Spend the day soaking up the sun, exploring the island by quad bike or paddle boarding on the Aegean before relaxing at one of the many beach front restaurants or bars.

5. Barcelona

If food is your forte then Barcelona is the best place to be, kick start your day at La Boqueria market and work your way around the market stopping for tapas at the dozens of restaurants and food stalls before taking advantage of the social dining scene at night to share a glass of sangria with new friends.

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