When visiting a country for the first time, it is almost natural for anyone to explore its capital. Since the capital is always situated at the international airport, it is very convenient to roam around the area, whether on the first day or the last day of the holiday.
However, tourists who visit the Maldives are not like that. Sometimes, they go straight to their island resort after visitors arrive in the country and spend the majority of their time there.
There are also those who take a day trip to Male, which is mostly arranged by several resorts on the island.
To start with, Male is neither a large town nor a large island. You can walk around the city in about an hour, just over a mile long and a little more than half a mile high.
But if you’re going to continue and explore and see what the city has to offer, you’ll find a couple of fun attractions.
A glimpse of the past of the Maldives is offered by the National Museum, located in Sultan Park.
The stylish colonial building features numerous objects that were once used by the sultans during the early years of the republic, including the throne.
Given that the Maldivians are primarily Muslims, expect to see a mosque. But with ethnic workmanship and arched corals that are truly a masterpiece, Huskuru Miskiiy Mosque (Old Friday Mosque) possesses a rare magnificence. In the tombs of the national heroes and members of the royalty in the region, you can also see a glimpse of the past.
The Islamic Center in Male is the most important landmark. The golden dome that stands out wherever you are in the city is its most beautiful attribute. It can accommodate about 5000 people, with its enormous scale. There are offices, meeting halls, and a library at the Islamic Center as well.
If you like shopping, then Majeedhee Magu is the place to visit.
There are numerous shops selling a variety of items, including electronics, cosmetics, clothes, and jewelry. A bunch of souvenir cafes and shops are available for the Orchid Magu and Chandanee Magu.
The fishing market of Male can be quite a place.
You will see, if the time is right, tons of fish are sold on the market.
Unlike other major cities, for bars and clubs where you can party until dawn, Male is not recognized, but there are other types of entertainment.
Often, The New Harbor hosts an outdoor festival. Male has two cinemas, the Olympus and the Star, which are situated in Majeedhee Magu.
Eating can be quite a masculine experience.
The Maldives has its own distinctive taste, but a whole new identity for Maldivian cuisine is created by influences from Indian, Sri Lankan, Arab and Oriental cuisines. Try eating at small cafes or local eateries if you want to taste genuine Maldivian cuisine.
They taste almost as good as the dishes served at your hotel restaurant, minus the price. Several restaurants also sell Italian, French, Thai, Chinese, Indian, and American cuisines for the less adventurous and for those who want to remain on the safe side.
Male is basically a crowded and bustling place, but at the same time, it a city far different from what we are used to seeing. So on your visit to the Maldives, take time to visit Male and see these sites for yourself.