Presov (presh-of) is the third-largest city in the Slovak Republic, nearly 100 000 people. Archaeological evidence suggests the area (in the Kosice Valley) has been inhabited since the Bronze Age, but the city really got its start in the 1200s as one of the major salt-mining centres in Europe. Today, the city is characterized by its beautiful Renaissance and Baroque buildings. There are lots of decent hotels, and a few very good ones. Within a short drive are the High Tatra mountains, with numerous ski resorts, grand hotels and Swiss-type alpine villages. All around Presov itself is the green and rolling Slovak countryside, and various interesting villages are within easy reach by bus, car, or even foot for the hiker.