Santa Maria Beach, Sal

British holidaymakers have been behind increased tourism figures in Cape Verde. Visitor numbers have increased by some 13.6% and British visitors account for over 20% of visitors to the country. German guests amounted to over 11% and visitors from Portugal and France make up just over 10% each. Statistics show that on average UK visitors stayed on the islands longer, with an average of nine nights. The most popular island for visitors was Sal followed by Boa Vista; perhaps not surprising given that there are direct flights from the UK to both these islands.