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Inca, Mallorca

Commercial town with weekly market in central Majorca

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Inca, Mallorca

Inca lies half way up the motorway from Palma to Alcudia, and lies at the foot of the Tramuntana mountain range. It is easily accessible both by car and by train from Palma.

It's Mallorca's third-largest town and is best known as the 'city of leather' - if you come on an organised tour you will undoubtedly be taken to a leather factory. Shop around, but the bargains these days are few and far between. It is also home to the well-known shoe brand, Camper.

The town has some lovely architecture and is nice to wander around for a day. Try to come on market day (Thursday) to get the best atmosphere. The main square is particularly nice to stop for a coffee.

Near to the train station are a smart coffee-house, Cafe Mercantil, with upholstered leather chairs, and Ca'n Delante (Carrer Major 27), one of Mallorca's top pastry shops. Inca is also known for its cellers, old wine-cellars turned into restaurants featuring traditional dishes at reasonable prices.

Sights & Attractions in Inca

There are a number of buildings of architectural interest, try the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore (1706-1893), the baroque churches Santo Domingo (1664-1689) and San Francisco (late 18th C). 

The main square, Placa d'Espana is home to the town hall and the Spanish steps, and plenty of nice cafes.

The museum of footwear and leather is a new addition to Inca (2010) and exhibits machinery and other objects related to the leather industry. It is open Monday to Friday 10am-2pm and 4pm-8pm, and Saturday mornings 10am-1pm.

To the south of Inca are hectares of vineyards that belong to the Binissalem appelation, which you can visit for tastings and tours by appointment.

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Also see: Attractions in Mallorca, Majorca

Events in Inca

Inca has one of Majorca's biggest markets. Every Thursday the streets around Placa d'Espanya are taken over by row upon row of stalls. Plenty of leather here, of varying quality, plus jewellery, carved olive wood, lace and fresh produce from across the island. Placa d Espanya itself becomes an open-air flower show. As Inca lies on the main train line, access is cheap and easy from the city of Palma.

Mallorca's biggest autumn fair is held in Inca. Known as Dijous Bo (translates as Good Friday), originally this was an agricultural fair that has grown to include exhibitions, music concerts, fireworks and all-night parties. Read more about Inca's Dijous Bo Fair. The two preceding weekends also host autumn fairs.

In addition, Inca has a thriving events calender, with theatre, exhibitions, live music concerts and sports events.

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Things to Do in Inca

There are plenty of charming hill villages close to Inca, try Lloseta, Selva or Mancor de la Vall. These are good placs to start hikes and explore the countryside. Cyclists will also enjoy the undulating country lanes.

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Hotels in Inca

There are no hotels in Inca itself, but there are a number of beautiful rural hotels in the surrounding countryside.

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