There’s some uncertainty where the name ‘Malta’ comes from. Some believe it’s from the ancient Greeks who called the island ΜελÎ¯τη (MelitÄ“) or “honey-sweet" because of its historic honey production. While others attribute the origin of the name to the Phoenician word Maleth meaning "a haven" in reference to Malta's many bays and coves. Either way, both words are fitting for this sweet Mediterranean paradise. Historically, Malta was a naval stronghold due to its strategic positioning. Today, Malta is a hot-spot for tourism and enjoys a stable and advanced economy.