Alas, it was not to be...
Congratulations to Porto, which was voted Best European Destination 2017.
Stari Grad came in a very credible fourth, and although victory would have raised the destination's profile considerably, the town has received lots of positive PR from the campaign. And it appears that the Austrians in particular are fond of this idyllic spot on Hvar, as EBD posted:
This beautiful destination on the island of Hvar in Croatia seduces every year more and more travellers from all over the world. The Austrians place it in 4th position of their favourite destinations in Europe, just behind Athens and ahead of Porto.
This year, Stari Grad on the island of Hvar marks an exceptional anniversary – 2,400 years of the city foundation and of the equally long tradition of urban living on the sunniest island in the Adriatic.
The heritage preserved since the Age of Antiquity has been recognized by the UNESCO which in 2008 inscribed the Stari Grad Plain on the World Heritage List due to its preserved Greek land division and the continuity of life and agriculture in this place.