A number of important celebrations are been prepared to take place on the island in 2009. The Rhodian Tourism Promotion (PROTOUR) and the Municipality of Rhodes The Rhodes are inviting the holidaymakers to join in the events.
Next year will mark 700 years since the founding of Rhodes medieval town, one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe which in 1988 was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Palace of the Grand Masters, the Great Hospital and the street of the Knights, the upper part of the town is one of the most beautiful urban ensembles of the Gothic period. In the lower part, Gothic architecture coexists with mosques, public baths and other buildings dating from the Ottoman period.
Another tourist draw is the ruins of Kamiros, in the west of the island, and 2009 will mark 250 years since they were first discovered. Kamiros was once one of Rhodes’ most important cities and remains one of the best-preserved archaeological sites in all of Greece. Amongst the ruins of the city visitors can find the foundations of the temple of Athena Polias, which dates back to around the third century BC, as well as a reservoir capable of supplying 400 families, a portico and the remains of private houses.