Monastiraki (little Monastery) in Athens, is not only the hub of activity for tourism, but also for Athenians, who walk among the archeology and flee markets along with the thousands of visitors coming to Greece each year. Monastiraki and the Plaka area of Athens are a picturesque city scape that combines the modern with the ancient, and is a failsafe way to while away the hours shopping, people watching, eating and drinking, all the while being transported back in time amidst the grand ruins of Ancient Athens.
When in Athens, why not take a drive along the coast to Sounio.
The drive from Athens back to Patras can be pleasantly interrupted by detouring through Kalavrita.
Spring in the Peleponnese mountains is just amazing. Wild poppies spread across lush green fields, and the only sound, that of the bees buzzing and the birds chirping. These mountains are majestic, and you would be forgiven for thinking you were in Switzerland at times. When the drive from Athens to Patras gets too monotonous, take a detour. There is more to Greece than the Aegean or Ionian islands. Greece is a land of vast differences and amazing landscapes.