Swap the beach for the city in Male

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There’s always one exception to the rule. And in the Maldives, where tropical seclusion is the name of the game, Male is that exception. A hub of high-rise blocks and neon lights, the island capital is the closest thing you’ll find to a city round here. Aside from that all-important airport, it packs in things like a National Museum and the Grand Friday Mosque that make it well worth a look.