With February traditionally seen as the month for romance, travel companies enthusiastically promote short breaks to Paris, Venice or cosy Cotswold cottages. But research by dealchecker.co.uk has revealed that UK travellers are more worried about seeing football played than having their own balls played with, if you will.

From February 8 to 21 last year, the travel price comparison site saw that, while classic Valentine’s destination, Paris, was the second most popular destination, Madrid took first place and Lyon was third. Perhaps this was due to the fact Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur were both playing matches, in these cities, during these dates? Hmmm. 

Currently, travel search patterns for the Valentine’s period in 2014 feature Salzburg, Barcelona and Valetta in the top three. With away matches avoiding a clash with Valentine’s Day this year, football is less of an issue. However the desire to enjoy a romantic or short break in different cities seems to be rising as romantic travellers get more creative. Maybe they will get their balls played with after all.   

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