Male, formerly known as Sultan's Island offers visitors with wealth of natural attractions. The capital city of tropical Maldives serves as the main commercial center and is the most popular tourist destination in the country. The city is dotted with numerous tourist attractions such as National Museum, Grand Friday Mosque, Sultan Park and Artificial Beaches. Besides this, other important tourist attractions in Male include Jamhooree Maidan, Independence Square, Presidential Palace and Islamic Center.
The fish market as well as the fruit bazaars and other local markets offer rustic grandeur. Chaandanee Magu and Majeedhee Magu are two of the major shopping destinations in Male offering wide variety of items such as handicrafts, souvenirs and consumer goods. Numerous restaurants offering excellent seafood and wide variety of local cuisines are located around the city. The tea shops and cafes are best places to interact with the locals and know more about their lifestyles.