Situated between Palma and Alcudia, Inca lies at the centre of the island and at the foot of the infamous Serra de Tramuntana mountain range.
Inca is Mallorca’s third-largest town, steeped in history and featuring some lovely examples of architecture. Its local market takes place every Thursday and is one of its main tourist attractions, with a good selection of shops, cafes and restaurants on offer.
The town is a largely residential area, full of natives from the island and with a small expat community. In addition, the town has excellent public transport links, which connects Inca to the rest of the Mallorca. With a privileged location between Palma and Alcudia, Inca lies at the centre of the island and at the foot of the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range.
How to get to Inca
Inca is just under a 30-minute drive from Palma airport where there is also a direct bus to the town from here. This connects Inca to some of the most popular resorts, such as Port d’Alcudia and Can Picafort.
Things to do in Inca
Inca serves as an a year-round destination, standing as an attractive base for those that want to experience an authentic Mallorcan lifestyle.
The churches n Inca are its main attraction, with the parish church of Santa Maria Maggiore being particularly beautiful. Other historical places of interest include the Convento Dominicano de Santo Domingo, the Church of San Francisco, the Puig de Santa Magdalena and the Convento de Sant Bartomeu.
Inca’s main square, Plaça d’Espanya, is home to its town hall with a good selection of lovely cafes. In addition, the museum of footwear and leather called the Museu del Calçat i Ia Pell d’Inca exhibits machinery and other items that are related to the leather industry.
Hiking & Cycling
There are plenty of charming hill villages close to Inca such as Lloseta, Selva or Mancor de la Vall. These are good places to start hikes and explore the countryside.
Cyclists will enjoy the rolling country lanes within close proximity to Inca, which is also within easy reach of the craggy Serra de Tramuntana for thigh-busting climbs and some of the most famous cycling routes on the island.
Inca is renowned for its offering of leather, where you will find plenty of shops selling the product. Alternatively, you can visit the large leather outlets on the outskirts of town, such as Camper and Munper.
For high-street shopping, Avinguda del Bisbe Llompart is the best pick, with popular brands and independent shopping stores on offer. Adjacent to Plaça d’Espanya you will find Carrer des Hostals, where a host of boutique shops sell international designer labels.
Inca is home to one of Mallorca’s biggest markets which takes place every Thursday on the streets around Plaça d’Espanya. Here, you will find plenty of leather products, jewellery and fresh produce sourced from the island.
Eating out in Inca
Joan Marc Restaurant serves high-quality, locally inspired dishes with a modern twist. If you seek a more relaxed vibe, head to S’Angel Gastrobar which offers international cuisine at a very good price.
Alternatively, Celler Can Amer is an award-winning restaurant serving typical Mallorcan cuisine in a unique cellar environment. Another popular choice is Celler C’an Marron which also offers Mallorcan food in a warm and inviting ambience.
Events in Inca
Inca boasts a thriving events calendar with plenty of art, theatre, music and sporting events taking place throughout the year. Its autumn fair, known as the Dijous Bo includes exhibitions, music concerts, fireworks and all-night parties, taking place in October and November.
Throughout the summer, Inca is also home to a spectacular Jazz Festival within the historical Claustre de San Domingo. This is well recombined to visit if you desire great music with stunning panoramas.
Where to stay in Inca
There are a small selection of hotels within Inca itself, however thanks to its lush countryside, villas are a popular choice of accommodation for families and groups.
For an authentic experience, Sa Vinya des Convent is a beautiful boutique hotel within walking distance of Inca’s main attractions. Housed in an old farmhouse surrounded by vineyards and fruit trees, the hotel is popular amongst cyclists and walkers.
Another great choice is Cas Comte Petit Hotel & Spa in Lloseta, which has been transformed into a luxury boutique hotel. With a rooftop swimming pool showcasing panoramic views over the countryside, the hotel also has a spa with plenty of superior amenities.
Virrey Prime Boutique Hotel is a great rural escape, set in a 17th-century manor house a few kilometres from Inca town centre. Featuring a charming restaurant serving traditional and modern cuisine, the hotel is the perfect choice for those that want to experience the luxuries of a Mallorcan escape.