Inca is lies in the heart of rural Majorca, 35km north-east of the capital Palma, and is the second-largest town on the island after the capital. If you have only previously visited Majorca for the sun, beaches and nightlife, then Inca can show you a whole new side to the island, with the traditional cuisine and unspolit setting two of the highlights. Accommodation options in Inca include stone villas and romantic cottages.
Inca is a town that has maintained its traditional way of life, despite growing over the years to now be the home of over 25,000 people. One of the main attractions is the large weekly market, which is held every Thursday, and is the best place to pick up fresh fruit and vegetables to cook with in your self-catering accommodation. As well as edible goods, stalls at this excellent market sell low-cost leather items, such as handbags and coats.
Some of the most interesting attractions in Inca are the old wine cellars, which mostly date back to the 17th century. Wine making died out in this region in the 19th century, and these cellars are now home to traditional Majorcan restaurants, which serve tasty local dishes such as gato d’emetlles (Majorcan almond cake) and sopes mallorquines (a dish of seasonal vegetables). Trying out these age-old recipes is an essential part of any visit to Inca, and will cost you far less than a meal in a popular tourist restaurant elsewhere on the island.
Also worth a look around town are the Parish Church of Santa Maria la Mayor, and the convent of San Jeromino. Inca is also a great starting point for hiking around the surrounding countryside and walks to smaller neighbouring villages, such as Selva (5km).
Inca is well-linked with the rest of Majorca by public transport, so although the use of a hire car is advised, it is not absolutely necessary when staying in the town. There are regular trains to the island’s capital, Palma (35km), as well as in the opposite direction to Sa Pobla (12km) – a growing town known as the ‘land of a thousand windmills’. The nearest beaches are 20km away, near Alcudia.
Inca experiences a Mediterranean climate. This means that summers are long and warm, with largely dry weather from May to September. From October onwards temperatures start to cool and the odd shower appears, but generally speaking, even in the depths of winter the weather is mild, with the mercury rarely dropping below 10C.
Visitors to Inca can choose from a wide variety of flights from the UK, which options to suit every budget. Upon arrival atPalma de Mallorca Airport (PMI), a 30-minute (37km) drive is required to get to the area’s holiday rental accommodation. Flight time from the UK is around two hours, depending on departure airport.