Long walk itinerary, recommendations and city highlights
You are heading to Maldives for the first time and you would like to visit Male’city , one the smallest and probably most crowded capital city in the world ?
To make it easy for you finding your way in this maze of streets we prepared 2 different itineraries listing all places of interest and few “off the beaten track recommendations”.
These 2 routes have different length and sightseeing spots. According to how much time you want to spend in the tiny capital city and how much you want to see of it, you can select either the short or long way (click here for the short way itinerary)
Distance : 5,71 Kilometers
Duration : 4 hours
1/ ARTIFICIAL BEACH
It is the oldest man made beach in Male. This beach is popular for locals (especially on Friday) as well as foreigners. If you want to enjoy a swim in Male this is definitely the nicest and cleanest place to go. Please note that bikinis are not allowed in the capital island. Do not forget to bring a T-shirt or a rash guard if you wish to take a swim.
2/ SURFPOINT & BRIDGE VIEW
Continue your way and pass by city’s surf point at Varunulaa Raalhugandu. This surf spot is one of the most reputed and difficult surf spot in Maldives. Unfortunately the government decided to close down “temporary?” the surf spot due the construction works of the “China-Maldives friendship bridge” linking Male’ to Hulhumale (bridge to open in 2018).
3/ MALE SWIMMING TRACK
Swimming Track area is one of the 3 spots that Male’ residents go for a swim. Swimming track is famous for being the training place for the swimming national team and for swimming lessons. We do not recommend you to take a swim here. It was reported unsafe for swimming by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) due to the sewer outfalls contaminating the water.
4/ COCONUT AND FOOD KART
Time for a break! Thirsty or hungry we recommend you to stop at one of the numerous food carts that you will find on the side of the road! You will find snacks & drinks but most of all we recommend you to order a Kurumba (coconut). After drinking the coconut juice the cart owner will open your coconut and will get the meat out for you to eat.
Coconut ≈ 40 Mrf ( 2-3$)
5/ WEST HARBOR
West Harbor is a very lively place. West harbour provides services of water/gas refuelling and others supplies for yacht and vessels.
West harbour also hosts the ferry terminal. This terminal serves the islands of villingili, Gulifalhu, Maafushi, thilafushi ( also known as the “garbage island”)…
6/ TSUNAMI MONUMENT
This Tsunami Monument is dedicated for those who lost their lives in the 2004 Tsunami in the Maldives. The design of the Monument represents different aspects of the 2004 Tsunami. Steel balls represent the country’s twenty atolls. The upwards motion of the design symbolizes the rising of the waters. The core of the memorial consists of vertical iron bars; each one representing a life lost, with the victim’s name engraved upon it.
7/ RASFANNU BEACH
Rasfannu is the new artificial beach opened in early 2016. Locals and tourists can swim, exercise, shower, fish and barbecue or simply sit down and relax. A shopping mall and hotel are also part of the future development plan of this area. However, just like Male swimming track we do not recommend you to take a swim there due to the sewer outfalls.
8/ NORTH HARBOUR
The Port was established in September 1986 under a Presidential decree as , to manage and operate all ports within the country. All cargo vessels there are handled at alongside and as well as at anchorage using barge operation. The port handles all types of cargo except drybulk, liquefied petroleum and gases.
9/ FISH MARKET & LOCAL MARKET
Fish Market and local market should not be missed! The markets are very vibrant and colourful ! Fish market is a great place to watch the day’s catch being brought in from the adjacent fishing harbour. You can find almost any kind of fish here, gigantic tunas , swordfish, octopus, groupers ….
Form the local markets you will find a large choice of fruits, vegetables and foods. Although 90% of food products are imported you will still find some Maldivian delicacies and specialties such as the famous rihaakuru ( fish-based paste), the Maldivian Githeyo mirus chilli, the Maldivian Kurumba coconut, the Areca nut …
10/ SOUVENIRS STREET
You will find almost exclusively souvenirs shops in this street. Postcards, T-shirts, magnets, sarong, shells, Maldivian handcrafts, jewellery, painting, you will find everything you want there.
Plan to buy some souvenirs in Male? Receive your 10% discount voucher available with our shopping partners – see at the bottom of the page
11/ SEAGULL CAFE
Time for a break! Thirsty or hungry we recommend you to stop at Seagull Cafe ! you will enjoy one the most famous ice cream in Male at the first floor terrace with their famous tree growing through the entire restaurant .
12/ THE GRAND FRIDAY MOSQUE
The Grand Friday Mosque is named after the most important Maldvian hero, “Masjidh Al Sulthan Muhammad Thakurufaanu Al Auzam” who drove out the Portuguese who ruled over the Maldives from 1558-1573 . It was constructed in 1984 and is the largest mosque in the Maldives, as well as one of the largest mosques in South Asia.
Please wear decent clothes and cover you head and shoulder while visiting the grand Friday Mosque. Please note that visits are not allowed during prayer time.
13/ NATIONAL MUSEUM
Located in Sultan’s Park the museum displays a diverse collection of artefacts are including relics from the pre-Islamic period , thrones, royal furniture, costumes and textiles, coins, ornaments, arms and armours.
Museum is open for visit from 10am till 5pm – from Sunday to Thursday
Entrance 100 Mrf/person ( USD 6 )
14/ SULTAN’S PARK
Take a walk in Sultan’s park surrounding the museum. Sultan’s Park was once part of the grounds of the sultan’s palace. It is one of the very few parks in Male and it is definitely the nicest public space in the capital.
Opposite the Hukuru Mosque you will see Muliaage, the official residence of the president of Maldives. It was built in 1914 and inhabited temporary by most of the Maldivian presidents.
Muliaage houses the tomb of Moroccan scholar Abul Barakat Yousef Al-Berberi, who is believed to have introduced Islam to Maldives in 1153.
16/ HUKURU MISKIY ( Male Friday Mosque )
Built in 1658, it is one of the oldest and most decorated mosque in Male.
It was built over an older mosque constructed in 1153 and ordered by the first Muslim Sultan of Maldives “Mohamed Bin Abdullah” after his conversion.
17/ PRESIDENT OFFICE
End your tour by passing the president office and take some pictures in front of the main gate. It is unfortunately not allowed to visit the inside of the building.
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