Stiniva Beach on the southern Croatian Adriatic island of Vis has been voted the most beautiful European beach by visitors of the European Best Destinations website, the Croatian Tourism Board (HTZ) said on Wednesday. 

"After Zagreb was awarded for the best Advent event and Zadar as the best European destination and after Zagreb's Maksimir Park was included in the list of the best European parks, Stiniva being named Europe's most beautiful beach is a major new sign of recognition for Croatia's tourism," the HTZ said.

The website's jury compiled a list of close to the 300 best and most beautiful European beaches, after which more than 10,000 tourists took a vote.

Stiniva was named one of the 15 most beautiful European beaches by as many as 88% of the voters, while 66% voted it the most beautiful beach.

Stiniva is described as an idyllic place for bathing in a crystal clear sea. The website also praises the island of Vis for beaches that are mainly approachable by road, suitable for family excursions and that have the amount of natural shade that is ideal for younger guests.

The European Best Destinations is a European organisation based in Brussels, its mission being the promotion of European culture and tourism. It offers tourist information on more than 355 European destinations.

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