Maldives, with its warm azure waters and pristine beaches, is the ideal island retreat. Renowned for its friendly locals and its laid back island lifestyle, it is the perfect destination for those looking to unwind and escape the stresses of work. While the beach is typically the focal point of tourism, the island actually has many tourist sites to visit. From monuments and palaces, to museums and gardens, the island has it all.

The Maldives Fish Market (better known as the Male Fish Market) is located just west of Independence Square, which is the centre of tourism in the capital. The market is the place to go to buy the freshest sea food. In fact, the fish market is usually the day’s first stop for many households, restaurants and hotels. Foreigners will be amazed at the sheer variety and numbers of fish available here. The waters around Maldives are known for their aquatic life, and at the fish market it is possible to catch a glimpse of the islands’ stunning oceanic bounty.

Bustle at the market reaches its peak around noon, as that is when most of the fishermen bring in their day’s catch. The market also has a section for fresh fruits, vegetables and dried products. Tourists interested in doing a little cooking during their vacation can get the best ingredients here. The fish can be purchased at reasonable rates, and hygiene is not a concern since the market is quite clean and is thoroughly washed each day. The fish market offers a unique glimpse into the daily lives of the local people, and is worth a visit even for those not interested in buying anything. The Mulee Aage Palace, the Grand Friday Mosque, the Hukuru Miskiiy and the Jumhooree Maidan are all located nearby.

Tourists visiting the island will find that there is no lack of Maldives boutique resorts. Travellers interested in a Maldives island resort that offers luxurious accommodation and is situated away from the big crowds can give the Anantara Veli, Maldives a try. The resort offers a tranquil retreat where guests can relax in peace, knowing that the hubbub of the city is far away but always within easy reach.