The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
THE BRIGHT SUNLIGHT that illuminates Tel Aviv’s shimmering surface also reveals a city driven by inventiveness and potential. Comparable in scale to Silicon Valley with regard to technology development, Tel Aviv boasts one of the most robust tech industries in the world — acting as an incubator for startups nurtured by the country’s government with perks that include no commissions or fees coupled with strategic opportunities for strengthening the core Israeli economy.