Dubrovnik is the most treasured of Croatian cities on the Adriatic Sea, on the coast of Dalmatia. The beginning of tourism in Dubrovnik is often associated with the construction of the late century luxury hotels in Croatia, such as Grand Hotel (1890) in Opatija and the Hotel Imperial (1897) in Dubrovnik.
Ancona and Dubrovnik developed an alternative trade route to the Venetian Empire. The route started from the East, passed through Dubrovnik and Ancona, then later, onto Florence.
In 1979, the city of Dubrovnik joined the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.