In addition to its beautiful nature, Dubrovnik has rich history. According to records, the area around Dubrovnik was first inhabited somewhere between 6000 and 2000 BC. The existence of the city was lost in the cloudy course of history, with legends and historical facts merging together.
During the 7th century, the Slavic tribes, with Croats being one of the superior ones, had already set up permanent residences along the majority of the eastern Adriatic coast, with the exception of a few fortified Roman cities, which were becoming cut off from the rest of the empire in the wake of this rapid Slavic population. In comparison to the development of cities with a Roman population, a settlement was developing near Ragusium, which received the Croatian name Dubrovnik.
The name of the city came from the oak forests which even today are called “dubrave”. The Old town of Dubrovnik – an urban centre preserved to the present day, is under UNESCO protection.