Malé is the capital and largest city in the Republic of Maldives (also known as The Maldives or the Maldive Islands). It is also the name of one of the islands of that scenic archipelago embedded in the Indian Ocean. In the past it was the seat of the Maldivian ancient royal dynasties and the location of the old Sultan's palace. Malé is one of the smallest capitals in the world in terms of size, but the country is sparsely populated and about one third of its total population lives in this city.
Unlike the other islands of the country, Malé is a fairly modern city with high-rise buildings and paved roads. Its main streets are shaded by trees and lined with shops, but the main shopping area is found in the old bazaar area, where the lanes are so narrow as to almost be impassable by car. Fortunately, because the city is so small, it's a perfect place for visitors on discount travel to Malé to see the city by means of a walkabout. And walking through the city is probably the best way to experience Malé's colour and culture: the Fish Market, unique mosques, a wide array of shops, alcohol-free bars and restaurants, and more.
Malé travel packages offer the opportunity to experience striking natural scenery, ancient history and colourful local customs and traditions. Direct Flights can find you the best travel deals to Malé: Direct Flights books cheap flights to Malé and travel packages that also include discount hotel accommodation in Malé. Direct Flights will get you the best deals available.
Seawalls surround the city, so travellers on Malé travel packages must go to another of the Maldives' many coral atolls to visit one of the country's spectacular natural beaches. But Malé makes up for this by offering plenty of other experiences. After you book through Direct Flights, some of the highlights of your cheap holidays to Malé might include the Islamic Centre, a striking landmark which features a spectacular golden dome that dominates the city's skyline; and the Huskuru Miskiiy (Friday Mosque), built in the 17th century and Malé's main mosque for almost 400 years. Made from coral, it is a masterpiece of traditional workmanship. Its nearby cemetery even features coral headstones. And the National Museum is housed in the only building that remains from the former Sultan’s Palace. Although it's a relatively unassuming Edwardian colonial building, it showcases the rich culture and history of the Maldives through its amazing collection of royal thrones, palanquins, ceremonial robes, headgear and statues that were excavated from ancient temples.
Malé is a great place for shopping, with garments, perfumes and cosmetics, handbags, jewellery and watches, electronics, fresh-caught fish and various local handicrafts being just some of the items for sale at its various shops and markets.
Perhaps best of all, visitors on Malé travel packages can use their accommodation in Malé as a springboard to the tropical splendour and water activities available on other islands of the Maldives. Flights to Malé arrive from Colombo, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and London, travellers from Australia or New Zealand usually reach Malé via Singapore or Kuala Lumpur. Direct Flights is ready to book Malé travel packages whenever you're ready: it's fast and easy, and you'll save money too!