In the heart of the capital of the Maldives, Malé, stands the oldest Mosque of the islands called Hukuru Miski Mosque, its dome is visible from any place on the island. Although tourists are not allowed inside, they can see the outside and go up the marble stairs to see the inscriptions on its front door. Close to the Mosque is the cemetery and the Bazaar Singapore where visitors can buy souvenirs and other things.
The name comes from the Sanskrit Male (Mahaalay) and means "big house", even though it is a small island, and even though the 2004 Tsunami flooded almost one third of the island, it really does have a lot to see. It has all the most important services like banks, ATMs, souvenir shops, and a market. The market is very interesting to visit, the main commodity is the fishing boats, that capture tuna. You can also find fruits and vegetables, although most come from other islands. There are also "stalls" where you can find rolled cigarettes with .. newspaper! Or try the betel leaves
Malé is definitely not a good place to drink a beer. I basically explored the entire city trying to find a beer. They have tropical fruit cocktails, but at 15.00 euros they're not worth it (even 10 euros would be too steep). Pricey, yes, but it is what it is. The curry is very good but be careful because it makes you drink a lot. Lots of mosquitos.
It is difficult to find nice places to spend time while waiting at the airport in Male, Maldives. However, the Aqua bar offered us hospitality for a few minutes for our pleasure. Located on the outside of the airport, "the place to be" in the neighborhood meeting place for young people from the town and airport employees. At dusk, you can enjoy the terrace admiring the Indian ocean, for the last time, while enjoying the warmth of the place. The cocktails are very good, if a little expensive. The smoothies are delicious and refreshing (cost $ 7 smoothie). The place is also a restaurant (sandwiches, salads, pasta dishes ...), for the most gluttonous.
This imposing building of special beauty, has an all-white outside with arches at the entrance and big windows. To get to the front door, you must climb some stairs that are all white also. In front of them is a fine tower with a golden dome, which can be seen from anywhere.
These gardens are now a public park. They form a true space for relaxation, escaping the hectic pace and pollution of the city, similar to New York. Here you will find lush trees and different types of birds.
There are many wonderful things to do in Male, the main island in the Maldives. The city is divided into six areas: Henveiru, Galolhu, Maafannu, and Machangolhi. Unlike many of the other islands in Maldives, tiny Male is almost completely urbanized, and it's population density is high.
One of the best attractions in Male is the fish market, which is located near the port. The best time to visit is in the afternoon, when the fishing boats arrive.
Other top Male activities include walking the dense streets and visiting secluded city parks. A fun Male attraction is visiting the nearby seaplane base. Seaplanes are used for short inter-island trip.
Despite the variety of religions found in the Maldives, the official religion is Islam. There are a wide variety of things to see in Male, but some of the best attractions are the mosques.
One of the essential places to visit in Male is the Grand Friday Mosque, the largest mosque in the Maldives; it can accommodate 5,000 worshipers at one time. Another thing to do in Male is visit the Old Friday Mosque. It is the oldest mosque in the country and has a beautiful structure made of coral stone. Still wondering what to do in Male? Near the Old Friday Mosque is the Sultan Park, one of the most beautiful natural places to see in Male.
If you're still after more stuff to do in Male, you can visit the National Museum located in Sultan Park or swim and relax in its artificial beach.
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