All About The Capital Of Maldives - Male
Male may be the capital of the Maldives a place where visitors almost
exclusively arrive into and leave from the country, itís interesting
that many visitors do not spend a single night in Male. This is because
most visitors go directly to their resort island and spend most of
their time there.
visitors still get to see Male via day trips organised by several of
the resort islands.
isnít particularly large - in fact itís possible to walk around the
island in slightly over an hour (itís dimensions being approximately
2km long and 1km wide).
land mass, Male is pretty densely populated with around a 70,000 strong
population. There are ongoing land reclamation projects in progress to
increase the amount of space on the island.
being a small city, Male offers the kind of services you would come to
expect from any capital including books, post office, internet access,
bookshops, travel agents, a myriad of eateries and so on.
are a few points of interest for those who venture into Male to get a
glimpse of life in the capital.
Islamic centre & mosque is one of the grander structures in the
city. Hukuru Miskiiy is the most ancient mosque in Male and dates back
to the 1650ís.
is a National Museum displaying various artefacts once owned by the
Sultans (from clothing to weapons).
also enjoy visiting the Muleeaage (a structure initially built as a
palace and also used as presidential residence in the past).
Shoppers will find quite a few places of interest in Male - for instance Chandanee Magu and Orchid Magu have a cluster of souvenir shops & cafes.
Male isnít a place to go to for bars or clubs but other forms of entertainment do exist - there are a couple of cinemas (the Star & Olympus on Majeedi Magu). There are also opportunities to catch an outdoor concert at New Harbour.
For sports enthusiasts there is the National Stadium where football & cricket games are regularly contested.
Male has several hotels, guest-houses & inns to suit a wide range of budgets should you have the opportunity to spend a couple of nights.
Those who do get to visit Male for any length of time
can enjoy a wide range of eateries serving many different types of
international cuisine. Male has several small tea shops offering
(non-alcoholic) drinks and small snacks or "short eats" (hedhikaa). Tea
shops also offer "long eats", which tend to be larger more filling
Tea shops in Male are on the whole cheap and chirpy affairs, serving simple foods at low prices. There are also several higher priced restaurants to choose from. These include cuisines such as Italian, Thai, Indian, American & Chinese. Most restaurants also have their own in-house restaurant.