Malé, the Maldives' beating heart

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Malé, the Maldives' beating heart

Malé reveals another side of the Maldives… in stark contrast with the pace of the rest of the archipelago.

Before boarding your speed boat or taking off on a seaplane to reach your dream island-hotel, enjoy a visit to Malé and discover the most populated city of the Maldives. Located at the southern edge of the North Malé Atoll, in the province of Kaafu, the city of Malé – from Mahal in Dhivehi which means "palace island” – is over 800 years old. Its small streets buzz with people, the only place in the Maldives to display such frenzy. Malé, the economic capital, will provide a glimpse of what the "real Maldives" are, far from the luxury villas and private pools. Even if access is reserved to believers, stop by the Great Mosque, built in the 17th century from blocks of coral, or explore the markets and shop for some lovely crafts. Traditional houses and huge coloured buildings, authentic restaurants and bars without alcohol, Malé will surprise you with its originality.

North Malé Atoll on Kaafu