Dubrovnik is an ancient city fronting the Adriatic Sea. The city is located in southern Croatia in the region of Dalmatia. The origins of the city have only been guessed, but it is assumed that the city was founded around the 7th century on a rocky island named Laus.
Why it is special: A popular tourist destination in the Mediterranean Sea, the city of Dubrovnik developed through the ages based on maritime trade. Achieving greater development around the 15th and 16th centuries, the city was known for its wealth and skilled diplomacy. It has a flourishing craft industry that specializes in swords and lace. Tourism plays an important role too, with old historical buildings, fortresses and naturist beaches, monasteries and even Europe’s third oldest pharmacy located within the city.