When visiting new and foreign countries, it’s always advisable to explore all aspects of its main city, and Maldives is no exception. Famous for its beaches and spectacular resorts, the Male city area itself houses many areas of interest for any tourist looking for the extra ordinary. In fact, Male is considered one of the most densely populated, therefore is home to an eclectic mix of modernism and presents its own unique island way, which is a welcome change to any traveller.
The Independence Square known locally as Jumhooree Maidhaan is the center point of Male and is distinguished by a park marked with a large Maldivian flag. The area has a rich history as most political demonstrations were held in the premises throughout the ages.
Some other tourist venues apart from the Independence Square would be the Sultan Park, part of the Royal Palace. The park is a welcome breather from the city with its foliage, flora and some fauna. Within the park is the National Museum of Maldives which is over 50 years old with artifacts of much older value such as royal costumes, antiques and stone objects from the pre-Islamic period of the country.
A little away from the Independence Square in Male is the Grand Friday Mosque. This religious establishment also has an Islamic Center which is an important entity in the life of many a Maldivian. It dominates the skyline with its golden domes, minarets and comes alive with worshippers which top over 5000 per sitting. It too is of historical importance, housing many members of the royal family and eminent people from the history of the country.
There are many Maldives luxury hotels to stay at for the traveller here. One such lodging option amongst the best would be Anantara Dhigu, Maldives just a 35-minute boat ride away from Male with its pristine blue waters and white sandy beaches. With its over-water suites and an infinity-edged pool one can simply relax or simply explore the islands by snorkeling or just walking down its winding and private paths. This Maldives resort is synonymous with luxurious living and helps to ensure an invigorating change for many a traveller.