Dubrovnik is a town in Croatia and a port on the coast of the Adriatic sea, where series of Adriatic islands stop and where the open sea begins through which you exit to the Mediterranean sea through the Strait of Otranto. With 42 614 (2011.) residents, it is an urban, commercial, cultural and educational center of the region of south Dalmatia and it's an administrative center of Dubrovnik – Neretva county.
Area of the county contains a narrow coastal strip, part of the mountain range of Dinaric Alps, delta of Neretva river and Pelješac peninsula, Ston and the narrow coast of Rijeka Dubrovačka. Here is also the southernmost point of the Republic of Croatia – cape Oštro. In front of the coast of Dubrovnik – Neretva county you can find a lot of beautiful islands: Korčula, Mljet, Lastovo, Elaphiti islands (Olipa, Jakljan, Šipan, Lopud, Koločep, Daksa and Lokrum in front of the city walls).
Coast of Dubrovnik is characterized by a very rugged coastline, and, besides the diverse geomorphology, one of the important factors of the town's attractiveness is its Mediterranean climate with very sunny and hot summers (average temperature is 26 degrees Celsius) and mild winters (average temperature is 10 degrees Celsius). The whole area is rich with Mediterranean vegetations, among which are plantations of pine, cypress and oak. It was the oak forest (Dubrava) that Dubrovnik was named after.