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Things to do in Male – Discoveries in the Maldivian Capital

If you are planning a trip to Maldives, look to make time to visit the nation's capital, Male; here you will find a fascinating variety of places to visit and things to do.

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Explore the Maldives Fish Market

While you can engage in fishing excursions when staying at some of the best Maldives resorts, there is nothing quite like witnessing fish being brought in and sold at the local market! The Maldives Fish Market is a place you can view such a sight as locals bring their fresh catch here daily, where it is sold amidst a lively atmosphere.

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Visit the Grand Friday Mosque

A captivating attraction in Male, especially with its golden dome, the Grand Friday Mosque is an important landmark and sacred site to devotees in this Islamic nation. The largest of its kind in the country, this expansive mosque also features the Islamic Centre which can host over 5,000 devotees. Incorporating such elements as minarets and engravings on coral into its design, the Grand Friday Mosque is well worth visiting.

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Shop at Majeedhee Magu

If you are looking to indulge in a bit of shopping in Male, head to the locale known as Majeedhee Magu. This busy street is home to plenty of stores and shops that offer an eclectic array of products for you to choose from. Check out the ornate souvenirs including handmade items that have a distinct Maldivian feel to them. It is also a great place to buy electronics, perfumes, jewellery, clothing items and more.

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Relax at the Artificial Beach

When it comes to relaxation in Male, you can always look to spend some time at the artificial beach. While it is true natural beaches are on offer when you stay at island resorts like Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas, when in the capital, such coastal spots also offer a place to unwind by the sea. This popular seaside area is frequented by locals and tourists and is where you can just soak up the sun on the sand, rest in the shade or have a leisurely swim.

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Discover the National Museum

Located in Sultan Park, the National Museum houses ancient as well as historical objects and artefacts that will help one learn more about the nation's rich heritage. Exhibits can be found within two buildings that make up this fascinating museum; these include furniture used by royalty, old coins, ceremonial attire, ancient armour and items from the days the country was ruled by Sultans.

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Enjoy Art at the Esjehi Art Gallery

The Esjehi Art Gallery can be found in Sultan Park and is conveniently located close to the National Museum. Housed within one of the capital's oldest buildings, the gallery showcases a range of artistic creations by local artists. Featuring both contemporary and traditional art, the site also has intricate carvings on display. Depending on when you visit, you will also be able to witness exhibitions at the Esjehi Art Gallery which hosts workshops for local artists as well.