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Looking for white-sand beaches and a new culture to explore? A holiday in Male is the perfect thing! The capital of Maldives is perfect. Start planning with cheap flights to Male International Airport (MLE) onboard Thomson Airways, direct from London Gatwick.
There’s certainly no wrong time to book a trip to the Maldives and Male but rainfall is pretty common during the summer months, June to August. Book your flights to Male at least 6 months in advance for the best flight fares.
Flights to Male take around 13 hours with stopovers from London.
The island of Male is small and only contains one city, the capital of the Maldives. According to some sources, the city of Male is the world’s densest. This is the perfect stepping off point to discovering the rest of the islands.
Sultan Park and Museum: Dive straight into some culture by visiting what was once the Sultan’s palace and is now the Maldivian National Museum. Royal regalia and three moon rocks are among the museum’s collection.
Republic Square: Central to Male is this park along the north coast. In the middle is a flagpole with a giant Maldivian flag. Police HQ isn’t far as most all political demonstrations take place here.
Halhumale Island: Catch a quick ferry to this nearby island to discover life outside the capital. This is an artificial island built to absorb the overflow of people in the capital. There is a great beach here plus some amazing restaurants.
Find more information on Visit the Maldives.
Most visitors spending their holidays in the Maldives end up spending at least one night in Male. You’ll find that most hotels however are targeted at domestic travellers with few offering air-conditioned rooms. If you’re catching a flight, best to book a room at a Male hotel near the airport.
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