The bustling capital of the Maldives, Malé is overlooked by many
tourists who head straight for the country's numerous resort
islands; however the packed city offers a glimpse at another side
of the popular tourist destination, one more representative of
everyday life in the Maldives.
Far from the tranquillity of the five-star resorts that pepper
the more popular islands, Malé moves at a brisk pace as the centre
of government and commerce in the Maldives. Brightly-coloured
buildings, business suits and bazaars rather than beaches are the
order of the day, and the independent travellers that do take a
holiday in Malé can sample cultural attractions like markets,
mosques and museums in lieu of jungle hikes and watersports.
A predominantly Muslim city, the bars and restaurants in Malé
are largely alcohol-free. The city is far from a nightlife hotspot,
however a holiday in Malé is richly rewarding for travellers
looking to see the true face of life in the Maldives.