Scenic and adventurous: A tour of Male, the capital of Maldives
The capital of Maldives, Male, may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of this island nation located in the Indian Ocean, but it should be! Maldives has its own unique character, culture and history, and it’s definitely worth exploring if you visit this South Asian country. If you’re planning on visiting Maldives soon, check out this article to learn more about Male, including things to do and where to stay. These are just some of the highlights from our trip to Male – check out the full blog post for even more suggestions!
Getting Around in the capital City
Walking is the best way to get around Male. The city is relatively small and easy to navigate. If you’re looking for a more relaxing way to get around, you can take a leisurely stroll through the streets and take in the sights and sounds of this beautiful city. If you’re feeling adventurous, there are plenty of thrilling activities to keep you busy, from snorkeling and diving to windsurfing and kitesurfing. And if you’re just looking to chill out, there are plenty of luxurious resorts and spas to relax in. Male has something for everyone, no matter what your preferences are.
The Capital is filled with unique art galleries. However, if you are more interested in outdoor entertainment, there are many fascinating museums and historical landmarks to visit that have been preserved for centuries. If you’re looking for something exciting to do after dark, head out for some karaoke night clubs or dance clubs where you can enjoy an incredible nightlife full of unique sounds and thrilling beats!
Places to Stay in Male
If you’re looking for a luxurious place to stay in Male, look no further than the Soneva Fushi Resort & Spa. With its private beaches and villas, you’ll feel like you’re in paradise. For a more budget-friendly option, try the Kurumba Maldives Resort. It’s still quite luxurious, with an outdoor pool and chilling areas. If you’re looking for something even more affordable, there are plenty of guesthouses to choose from. No matter where you stay, you’re sure to have an amazing time in Male!
As you can see, there are many options when it comes to places to stay in Male. Depending on your budget and personal preferences, you’ll be able to find the right place. Alternatively, if you’re traveling on a shoestring budget but still want access to some nice amenities, guesthouses like Cliff Island Inn & Spa might be perfect for you. No matter where you stay though—on an island or in one of the city’s many hotels—you’re sure to have a great time exploring everything that Male has to offer!
Also worth noting are Airbnb properties. Though Airbnb is a fairly recent addition to Maldivian offerings, it offers some unique options you won’t find elsewhere. If you’re looking for an alternative to hotels but don’t want to stay in someone’s home or at a guesthouse, consider renting a place through Airbnb. It’s often cheaper than staying in one of the city’s many hotels too!
Tourist Attractions in The City
- Located in beautiful Marrakech, the Grand Friday Mosque offers sweeping views of the city, making it an ideal place for Muslims to pray.
- A walk through Sultan Park will let you take in the sights and sounds of Male.
the Old Friday Mosque, or Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque), is a fascinating piece of history well worth a visit.
- The National Museum is an essential stop for anyone interested in learning about the Maldives’ history and rich culture.
- The Tsunami Monument commemorates those who were killed by the 2004 tsunami.
you can taste the local cuisine at the fish market and get to know some friendly locals there.
- Royal Island is home to two luxury resorts – Park Hyatt & The Constance Halaveli – that are set on beautiful islands in their own private lagoons.
Famous Landmarks In Malé
Malé is the most populous city in the Maldives. The city is home to a number of landmarks, including, the Presidential Palace, and Independence Square. Visitors can also enjoy stunning views of the city from atop the Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque). For those looking for a more adventurous experience, Malé offers a variety of water sports, such as windsurfing and kitesurfing. Wind surfing on the north side of the island has calmer waters with less waves and currents than the south side.
The Old Fort, located on Malik Street, was originally built by Sultan Muhammad Imaduddin III in 17th century. It now serves as a museum showcasing history of Malé’s military past with artifacts dating back to 16th century Portuguese trade.
The Royal Mausoleum was constructed in the 16th century to honor the death of the Sultan’s father. The Royal Mausoleum stands at three stories high and is constructed out of marble slabs that were shipped over from Italy by sea.
Eating Out In Malé
Malé has a diverse range of restaurants to choose from, whether you’re looking for something quick and easy or a more leisurely dining experience. There are also various other options to suit all budgets. For a quick bite, try one of the many cafes or fast food outlets dotted around the city. For something more substantial, there are plenty of restaurants serving international cuisine as well as traditional Maldivian dishes. And for a truly special occasion, there are several high-end restaurants offering fine dining experiences. Regardless of what your taste buds crave, you’ll find it in Malé.
Male’s nightlife scene is a vibrant mix of cultures, with something for everyone. For those who want to sample authentic Maldivian culture head over to Moku Café Bar or Club MoMo. Alternatively, visitors looking for more of a Western scene should check out One Central Bar or Surf Café. El Gounak is one of Male’s most popular bars and provides live music nightly on its main stage in addition to offering great views across Malé harbor.
Shopping In Malé
Malé has high-end stores, but if you’re on a budget you should head to the markets for the most traditional crafts. You’ll find many souvenirs if you go here! For a truly unique shopping experience, head to one of the city’s many fish markets – you can even buy your dinner here!
If you’re after souvenirs from your holiday, there are two main areas to go for shopping. The first is Mercato Mall – a massive outdoor mall with a wide range of shops that have all kinds of unique souvenirs. There’s also Tumon Centre – which is filled with high-end international chains that sell everything from clothes to electronics to luxury items.