Malé offers the best chance to see the ‘real’ Maldives away from the resort buffet and infinity pool. Overlooked by tall, brightly coloured buildings and surrounded by incongruously turquoise water, Malé is a hive of activity, the engine driving the Maldives’ economy. This capital city of Maldives is paradise for art and history lovers, set in a picturesque surrounding amidst the emerald waters. Its pristine white sandy beaches bathed in sunny azure has made it a hit destination for travel enthusiasts. The city is known for its narrow streets which host a mix of shops, new and old apartment blocks, office buildings and motorcycle jams. When in Malé, visit the main market, an adumbral, authentic hangar-full of Indian Ocean aromas, betel nut, freshly caught fish, fruit and vegetables. There are several good, cosmopolitan dining spots such as the breeze-cooled waterfront restaurant, Citron by Lemongrass. The midtown Seagull Cafe has a two-storey position, generously shaded by an ancient tree; where tourists can enjoy coffee, snacks, Sri Lankan fish curry, and the house specialty, ice cream. All in all, explore Malé in comfortable shoes, sun scream and water.
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When to visit
The best time to travel is from December to April, when the weather is most pleasant. These months constitute summers in Maldives, when there is little or no rain showers, making it ideal for tourists to travel.
Velana International Airport,
Address : Airport Main Rd, Malé 22000, Maldives