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05 Best Places to visit in Male City – Exploring the urban side of Maldives

Maldives is a place of experiences, you need to feel, taste, hear and see the enthralling beauty of this island. Taking a guided tour will never do justice to what this compound archipelago has to offer,so top this five is not only about 'locations' but also 'experiences'.

1

Grand Friday Mosque

Grand Friday Mosque

The largest Islamic mosque in Maldives the Grand Friday Mosque is an architectural landmark in the city of Male. Opened in 1984, and built with help from the Gulf States, Pakistan, Brunei and Malaysia, the Grand Friday Mosque is striking in its plainness, built in white marble and virtually free from decoration. Officially named as Masjid-al-Sultan Muhammad Thakurufaanu Al Auzam after a much-celebrated Maldivian hero. Renowned as one of the biggest mosques in South Asia it can accommodate up to five thousand people.

2

Artificial Beach

Artificial Beach

Yes, Male has a man made beach. It's surprising however the city of Male is not so blessed with pristine beaches as other parts of the island! The locals enjoy hanging out here during summer and it has gained popularity owing to a variety of entertainment activities that take place. There are different kinds of water sports, live music shows, carnivals and parades conducted here.

3

Spas

Spas

A visit to the spa is something you cannot forget when in Male. This is something you need to experience so treat your body at one of the healing spas in the city. The healing experts or hakeembe who follow traditional healing methods passed on for generations will give you the ultimate spa treatment. Another way to soothe your senses is to stay at one of the top Maldives luxury hotels such as the Adaaran Club Rannalhi, which is located close to the city.

4

Fish Market

Fish Market

You can catch a glimpse into the daily lives of the Male fishermen at the fish market. During the afternoon as fishermen from the entire country sail right up to the edge of the market and unload the daily catch people gather around to get hold of the freshest catch. Tuna is the most popular fish for sale, but you'll find some other types as well. The market is clean and well kept and is less bustling than the ones in other parts of the region.

5

National Museum

National Museum

Located in the Sultan Park, the National Museum of Maldives is not something you can call extraordinary. However, it includes a gallery devoted to the ancient and medieval period of Maldivian history. You find weaponry, religious artifacts, home ware as well as impressive Arabic and Thaana engraved pieces of wood commemorating the conversion of Maldives to Islam in 1153. On the top floor of the building you find intricately designed lacquer workboxes for which the island is famous. Technological gadgets such as the country's first gramophone, telephone and a massive computer too are displayed.

You also find the meeting minutes of the famous underwater cabinet meeting held under President Nasheed in 2009. An impressive skeleton of a 6m long Longman's Beaked Whale too is on display.