Male is the capital of Maldives. Male is small enough to walk around in an hour, and almost all sights are concentrated on the north shore.
Best Time to Visit
If you are planning a Travel to Maldives then the best time to visit is between November and April.
Top Places to Visit in Male
1. Friday Mosque
Built in 1656 during the reign of sultan Ibrahim Iskandar I, intricately carved with Arabic writings and ornamental patterns. Unfortunately non-Muslims are not allowed inside without prior permission.
2. Republic Square
Male’s centerpoint is this little park on the north coast, marked by a flagpole with a giant Maldivian flag. It’s also the focal point of every political demonstration in the capital, and hence has a heavy security presence buttressed by the police HQ in the Shaheed Hussain Adam Building next door.
3. Islamic Centre
Male’s best-known architectural landmark, just south of Jumhooree Maidhaan. The complex contains the largest mosque in the Maldives, topped with a golden dome and capable of accommodating 5,000 people. Visitors are welcome inside outside prayer hours, but no interior photographs are allowed.
4. Sultan Park and National Museum
The sole surviving building of what was once the Sultan’s palace is now the Maldivian National Museum, housing a scruffy, haphazard collection of royal regalia and old photographs, including three moon rocks and a faded Maldivian flag that went to the moon. At least there’s air-con and some semblance of English explanation. Open time Sat-Thu 9 AM-5 PM.
5. Hulhumale Island
Hulhumale is an artificial island where new buildings are rising rapidly, but currently it’s quite empty and a kind of a countryside for Male. There is also nice looking beach in the other end of the island from jetty. There are restaurants and cafes on the island.
There is a small artificial beach on the east coast, about a ten-minute stroll from the airport ferry. It’s not much compared to other beaches on the Maldives, especially as most locals bathe fully clothed, but there is some excellent surfing if you’re experienced enough.
There are an abundance of textile shops on the island, and many local women buy custom-designed clothes instead of shopping in boutiques. You can design your own garments from the hundreds of fabrics available in every color, texture and design, then take home your custom souvenir.