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10 Things to Do in Male - Top 10 Activities in Maldivian Capital

While the country's beach laden islands are its main draw, the nation's capital Male is a cultural hub like no other. Here are ten engaging activities every visitor should experience in Male.

1

Beach It

As the chief attribute in nearly every corner of the Maldives, visitors may be surprised to learn that the capital is home to an artificial beach in the shape of a crescent. Created using tetrapods in the breakwater, locals spend their weekend's swimming and enjoying the cuisine of the cafes located on its fringes.

2

Tour the Old Friday Mosque

The Old Friday Mosque holds the distinction of being the oldest Islamic place of worship in the entire archipelago. Built as early as 1656, the stunning venue not only features coral stone walls and iconic decorative elements including scripture from the Quran which is etched on different surfaces across the mosque.

3

Discover the China-Maldives Friendship Bridge

The China-Maldives Friendship Bridge is one of the few feats of engineering all travellers must witness on a tour of the city. Connecting the capital to the country's airport island known as Hulhule, the US$250 million construction cost is evident in the staggering scope and scale of the overpass.

4

Explore the National Museum

Visitors who hope to uncover the rich and tumultuous history and cultural legacy of the paradise isles known as the Maldives should make the time to tour the National Museum. Housed in a structure gifted by the Chinese government, the local showcases many relics and artefacts of significance.

5

Dine at Sala Thai

Often regarded as one of the top Thai restaurants in the city, a meal at Sala Thai is not only a must-have culinary experience but a great way to enjoy the beauty of this well-designed dining hub. Known for the large number of soups listed on its menu, authentic Thai food is the order of the day here.

6

Uncover the Royal Palace

History buffs visiting Male will find no other structure quite as impressive as Muleeaage when it comes to landmark buildings. A former palace which served as the Sultan's household the venue was used for various government purposes in subsequent years.

7

Spend Time in Republic Square

Also known as Jumhooree Maidan, Republic Square is a one of a kind oceanfront park and promenade in the city. Often used for the flag hoisting ceremony during Independence Day celebrations, Republic Square offers visitors the chance to enjoy a stroll in the manicured landscapes of this sprawling green space. Locals often flock to this area of the city after a busy day at work to experience the tranquillity and the constant sea breeze.

8

Shop till You Drop

Whether one is looking for tasteful souvenirs or consumer products the likes of clothes, accessories and local wares, there's no finer place than Chandanee Magu for an authentic Maldivian retail experience. Those based at Adaaran Prestige Vadoo and other resort hubs and engaging in Maldives sightseeings tours will find that Male's marketplaces are the best locations to pick up gifts and handicrafts.

9

Visit the National Art Gallery

Located in the same space as the National Library, the National Art Gallery is the only location in the city to witness the country's artistic and creative heritage.

10

Spend an Afternoon at Rasrani Bageecha

Formerly known as Sultan Park, Rasrani Bageecha is a lush, green parkland that was recently developed to include many recreational facilities.