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All those wishing to present central Dalmatia simply will call their guests to the table, the best place for a host's heartfelt welcome. On offer will be the lamb of Brač with its unique flavour and one of that island's specialities, the "vitalac" made of lamb innards and Brač sheep's milk cheese in oil. The Cetina region is known for its crayfish and the frog specialities among which frog legs prepared with the local dry-cured ham deserves special mention. The "Arambašići" of Sinj are well known, made during the winter months from finely diced meat wrapped in leaves of pickled cabbage, prepared in this fashion in precisely this region, with it all being cooked in its own sauce with pieces of dried meat. During the summer months the meat is wrapped in the same fashion in the leaves of grape vines!

Central Dalmatia is known for its deserts, from the Ka�tel tortes and the Makarana torte, to the Kro�tule of the island of Vis, the Dalmatian Fritule and the gingerbread of Hvar. But Dalmatia's enological and gastronomic offer is symbolised best by the grape and a drop of wine. It was recently discovered that America's most celebrated kind of wine grape, Zinfandel, in fact originates from Kaštel near Split. It has been the trademark of Californian vineyards for over a century and was brought there by Croatian emigrants from Kaštel where it is still grown as "kaštelanski crljenak."

On account of the abundance of types of grape that have throughout history been grown in central Dalmatia, brought to the region from around the world by its sailors, part of the tourist offer today includes "Wine Roads". They cover the mainland and island producers who offer their guests wine tasting in their cellars. Among the better-known wines of the region are Maraština, Pošip, Vugava, Kujunđuša, Žilavka and Plavac mali.

Among the best-known health clinics in central Dalmatia are Makarska's "Biokovka" with its professional physiotherapy and a chance to bathe in the sea during the summer months, while the Split thermal waters feature a natural hot spring rich in sulphur.

The opportunities for congress tourism are set for significant improvement in 2007 with August of that year seeing the re-opening of the five-star hotel "Lav", after a thorough renovation and expansion, as a part of the global "Le Meridien" hotel chain. The hotel is located in Podstrana, just a few kilometres from the Split city centre, will have a 2000 guest capacity and will feature a set of accompanying facilities.

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