HistoryMALTA once known as the island of MELITA derives its name from 'honey' (MEL) for which the islands were once famous for. This small island has had a long history, often as a central point for trade routes between Europe and Africa.
Malta has been inhabited for over 7,000 years, has been occupied by Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Sicilians, the Knights of St John, the French and the British. The Islands finally gained independence in 1964. Despite this colourful history, the Maltese retained a strong sense of identity and culture, present in many of the customs still practised today.
For the past twenty years, Malta has been regarded as a popular holiday destination for Europeans, as well as an attractive place to retire or buy a second home. Malta's entry into the EU in 2004 enhanced its place as an international destination for tourists, as well as business.