I once overheard a wise local telling a keen foreigner that Malta was once known as the land of sunshine and honey.
The first part is simple: located in the Mediterranean, between Italy and Africa, the island is blessed with a bounty of sunshine. It is no wonder that the Maltese are unfailingly proud of their homeland’s climate. The second: the Romans named the island Melita, perhaps after the Greek word for honey (i.e., μέλι or "Meli").
The name may also be connected to the particular type of limestone found on the island that is used in traditional Maltese architecture. A pale yellow stone that resembles blocks of fresh honeycomb and reflects the pink light of dusk beautifully.