Inca local destination guide
Where to stay in Inca?
Inca mainly offers accommodation in villas and fincas scattered in the surrounding area of the town, it’s a great area to stay in if you are on an active holiday. However, there is also a great Sa Vinya des Convent, a combination between a hotel and bodega. A stay here is for you who love wine, good food and authentic charming settings.
Another great choice of accommodation, is a stay at the finca boutique hotel, Virrey Prime Boutique Hotel.
Enter your arrival and departure dates below to reveal which wonderful accommodation options are available for your stay in Inca.
Things to do and see in Inca
Inca is a great area for all kinds of activities and things to do. The nice location between the Tramuntana and the plains of the Pla makes Inca a natural playground for cyclists and walkers. There are hundreds of things to explore not just in Inca, but also in the surrounding municipalities that are all easily reachable thanks to the great infrastructure.
Below we have gathered a list of suggestions on things to do in Inca with link to more information and directions.
VISIT THE IMPRESSIVE CHURCH OF SANTA MARIA
Points of Interest, Churches
With its massive tower rising high above the rooftops of Inca, the parish church of Santa Maria de la Mayor is undoubtedly the most remarkable construction in Inca. And just as impressive it is from the outside, just as impressive is it on the inside. Some of the highlights of the visit include the painted panels by artist Joan Daurer dating back from 1373 and the church museum exhibiting numerous religious artworks and treasures made by renown artists, goldsmiths and silversmiths.
VISIT THE MUSEUM OF FOOTWEAR AND INDUSTRY
Points of Interest, museums, attractions, cultural heritage
You may have heard that Inca is known as “The Leather Town”, and there is a reason for this. All the way back to the Middle Ages, production of footwear has been an important industry in Inca and something that is deeply rooted in the identity of the town and its inhabitants. At the museum, you can discover and learn about these rich traditions that has given the town its nickname. Impressive collections of machinery, tools, footwear, photographs and drawings exhibited in the former barrack building, will guide you through hundreds of years of shoe design and production techniques. You will understand why Mallorcan shoes are of the best quality you can get.
ENJOY THE PANORAMIC VIEWS FROM ERMITA DE MAGDALENA
Points of Interest, attractions, cultural heritage, vantage points
If you are looking for something breathtaking, something that will surely get likes on your Instagram or Facebook profile, go visit the mountaintop hermitage of Magdalena. This old hermitage dates back to the early Middle Ages, and has functioned as convent, school and hermitage. It is situated in a natural area at the summit of the mountain rising outside Inca. Next to the hermitage is a nice restaurant from where you can enjoy the views of Inca while enjoying a lunch or refreshment.
THE MONASTERY OF SANTO DOMINGO
Points of Interest, exhibitions, monasteries, religious architecture
Visit the church and former monastery of Santo Domingo situated in the heart of Inca. The church is built in baroque style, and from the inside you can enjoy the many beautiful artworks such as the main altarpiece and the side chapels. Next to the church you will find the cloister with the garden in the middle. The garden is often used as an exhibition space.
MONESTIR DE SANT BARTOMEU
Points of Interest, religious architecture, convents
This baroque style convent and church has been the home of the closed order of Jerónima nuns since 1534. The convent is situated on a hill over Inca, with excellent views of the mountains, and below it, the park of the monks. As the nuns lives in solitude, only parts of the convent is open for visiting. Enjoy the stunning baroque architecture, especially the entrance to the courtyard, along with the amazing views from the hill.
Visit Monestir de Sant Bartomeu
THE OLD MARKETPLACE
Plaça de sa Quatera, is the name of this square in the heart of Inca. At this square you will find two places of interest; the old market building and the statue representing the traditions of shoe making. It is a great place to stop and admire a piece of history.
Visit Plaça de sa Quatera
STROLL IN THE PARK OF THE MONKS
Enjoy a refreshing and scenic stroll in the park of the monks situated in the eastern part of Inca. The park offers more than 70,000 square meters of holm oaks, small lakes and beautiful flowers. There are benches in the park for relaxing and taking in the stunning views. The park is often used by pupils for studying, and there is also held workshops here about gardening. Inside the park you will also find a historical monument, namely “the Kings Paw”. On this very spot of the monument, it is said that king Jaume I’s horse slipped during a chase of a group of Moors and left a mark in the surface of the stone.
VISIT THE CHURCH OF SANT FRANCESC
Points of Interest, religious architecture, convents, churches
The church of Sant Fracesc is a baroque building dating back from the early 19th century. Inside the church, you can see some beautiful artworks preserved such as the image of the Virgin of Grace made by famous artist Gabriel Mòger, the Renaissance altarpiece of the Immaculate Conception from the 17th century and the image of the Virgin of Hope also from the 17th century.
Visit the church of Sant Francesc
PASS BY THE BULLRING OF INCA
Even though bullfighting is a thing of the past in Mallorca, the old bullring is still standing in Inca reminding us of a tradition that has been part of a culture for centuries and even millenniums. Today, the bullring is used for cultural events such as exhibitions, shows and concerts, hwoever, it is somehow still fascinating to stand outside this construction.
Visit plaza de toros
Dining in Inca
Inca is one of the places worth driving for when it comes to dining, some of the restaurants and cellers here are among the best on the island.
Especially the Celler Can Amer, Celler Can Ripoll and Celler C’an Marron are all well worth a visit.
Weekly Market in Inca
The weekly market in Inca happens every Thursday all year round. The market in Inca is one of the biggest markets on the island, and considered a tourist attraction with coaches bringing in tourists from all over.
With no exaggeration, hundreds of stalls are set up in the streets for you to browse through. You will find products of all sorts here, clothes, leather products, ceramics, fruits, nuts, electronics, oils, herbs, shoes, accessories, jewelry and much more.
At the market you can also sample some local specialties such as sausages like the Mallorcan sobrassada, the camaoit and the morcilla. For the sweet tooth, don’t miss the opportunity to taste the “torró fort d’Inca“, a sweet pastry made of honey, sugar, cinnamon and almonds.
Another local product of Inca, is the “Galleta de Inca” (cookies of Inca), which back in the 17th century were invented as a substitute for bread for sailors to bring on the ships when gone for longer periods of time. These cookies are made of oil, flour, yeast and salt and can be kept in perfect condition for a long time.
The market will quickly get very crowded, so make sure to always carry your personal items in a safe place.
A bit of history of Inca
Excavations and founds suggests that the area of Inca has been inhabited by humans for more than 3,000 years.
After the Roman army conquered Mallorca 123 BC, they established two cities; Pollen-tia (Alcúdia) and Palmera (Palma). Areas where the towns of Consell, Binissalem and Inca are now found, was used as places for resting when they traveled between the two cities.
We know very little of the time after the Romans left Mallorca and when the Moors inhabited the island from around 902. What we do know, however, is that at the time of the Catalan conquest (1229 – 1235) Inca had the second largest population on the island. At the time, the village was known as Inkan.
It was originally the Moors that started making footwear, only they made them in the capital of Medina Mayorque (Palma). However, the new settlers continued this workmanship, and so, already in 1240 the first leathersmith of Inca was documented.
Up until the 16th century, leather and footwear production was the main source of income. Unfortunately, tough competition from other countries started to threaten many leathersmiths in Mallorca and many had to shut down their businesses. Instead of leather, a lot of shoe makers made so called tapins, a simple shoe made of cork sole and cheap fabric.
To make matters worse, in 1652 a brutal epidemic of bubonic plague stroke and killed more than 2,000 people in Inca in just a few months. The plague left the town stunned for the next 200 years, which also killed most of the shoe making industry.
In the 19th century, the footwear industry flourished again along with the rest of the industry in Inca. Today, Inca is the third largest city in Mallorca with a population of more than 30,000 inhabitants. The main industry is still leather products and retail.
Where to find Inca
Inca is located in the centre of Mallorca, halfway between Palma and Alcúdia. Inca is part of the Raiguer region and borders the municipalities of Binissalem, Lloseta, Selva, Campanet, Búger, Sencelles, Costitx and Llubí.
The Raiguer region
The Raiguer region is perhaps the most versatile of all regions in Mallorca, because of its unique location between the foothills of Tramuntana and the rural countryside of the Pla region. The Raiguer region stretches from Santa Maria in the south to the La Victoria peninsula in the north. Below you will find a list of all the municipalities located in the Raiguer region.
Alaró is a charming and typical village located in a valley formed by dramatic mountain formations, which has also given the area its unique characteristic. Traveling in Alaró means beautiful natural areas, meeting an international audience and dining in delicious restaurants and bars. During the recent years, Alaró has really grown in the hearts of its visitors, especially hikers and cyclists are fond of this amazing area, where they can find restitution for body and mind. Moreover, Alaró is not just a great place for tourists to settle, it is also a highly popular place for foreign settlers to buy property.
Alcanada is a beautiful peninsula parting the bays of Pollenca and Alcúdia. Alcanada is known for its lighthouse island and exclusive golf club. Alcanada is the perfect destination if you seek a quiet base, yet still connected to popular tourist areas. From Alcanada, you have only 5 minutes in car to the popular area of Port de Alcúdia where hundreds of restaurants and activities awaits. Alcanada is a typical adult destination, there are no Mickey Mouse clubs or other children-friendly amenities. Most of the accommodation in Alcanada are small hotels and holiday rentals, like villas and apartments/flats, a great place for a self-catered holiday on Mallorca.
Alcúdia & Port d’Alcúdia
The historic town of Alcúdia is perhaps one of the most popular holiday destinations in Mallorca! Alcúdia offers a wide range of cultural treasures and activities to indulge in, such as the Roman ruins of Pollen-tia, the amazing architecture of the manors and the impressive city walls and defense towers which are also the main trademark of Alcúdia. Alcúdia is an obvious choice of travel destination in the Raiguer region regardless of what time of year you plan your holiday. Alcúdia offers one of the best beach holiday destinations on Mallorca, as well as a cultural mecca full of sights, town life and activities.
Biniamar nestles at the feet of the Tramuntana, a sleepy and quiet village where you come to find solitude and tranquillity. Biniamar is perfect for renting a holiday home, because of the great location close to both mountains and rural countryside. The local area surrounding Biniamar offers plenty of activities and sight to explore, especially walkers, cyclists and cultural enthusiasts will find a lot of value in this area. Most accommodation in Biniamar consists of private holiday homes such as villas, perfect for a self-catered holiday in Mallorca.
Binibona is a quite overseen area located on the slopes of Tramuntana not far from the villages of Moscari and Caimari. The beautiful and scenic area extends from the small hamlet surrounded by olive and almond groves, a particularly beautiful area during blossom of these in February. If you are looking to combine tranquility, romance, nature and luxury, then Binibona is your choice.
Visit or stay in the biggest wine district of Mallorca, located at the feet of the dramatic mountain range. Choose Binissalem as your travel destination in the Raiguer for a versatile and tranquil rural holiday on Mallorca. Most accommodation found in Binissalem are holiday homes, villas and rustic fincas that has been transformed to accommodate the modern human with all desired amenities. The area surrounding Binissalem is perfect for road cycling and walking. Moreover, Binissalem is located very close to the free-way of MA-13 connecting Palma and Alcúdia, which makes it easy to access almost any local area in no time.
Búger is a typical Mallorcan agricultural community built upon traditional Mallorcan values. Renting a holiday villa here will take you back in time and let you enjoy a simple and completely uncomplicated life. Búger is located somewhere in the northern part of the region, with easy access to mountains and beaches, thus the can’t miss attraction in the local area, the amazing stalactite caves of Campanet. Accommodation in Búger mainly consist of wonderful holiday villas and homes packed with modern amenities to offer you the best frame for a holiday on the Mallorcan countryside.
Caimari, in local mouths referred to as “Olive Town”, is a small sleepy village situated at the feet of the Tramuntana, with direct access to the road network leading in to the green valleys of the mountains. As with other destinations in the El Raiguer region, Caimari enjoys a versatile landscape of both rural fields and mountainous terrain, which makes Caimari a perfect retreat for cyclists and hikers/walkers, who come to Mallorca to explore the scenic nature. Accommodation in Caimari mainly consist of rustic fincas and villas in the surrounding area, all in the rural flat area, but with the majestic mountains rising in the background creating an amazing scene from your terrace or swimming pool.
Campanet is a beautiful and very versatile holiday destination on Mallorca, simply because of its unique location between mountains, countryside and beaches. Choose accommodation in Campanet as your holiday base, if you want to combine unique nature, cultural heritage and luxury. Especially recommended accommodation in Campanet, is the beautiful and authentic old manor of Monnaber Nou, which has been transformed into a luxury hotel. The surrounding area invites to close exploration, there are so many places of interest and so much scenic Mediterranean nature.
Consell is mainly an industrial area where mass tourism has not yet made its entrance, making it an authentic and calm rural area full of charm. Consell was one of the first areas of Mallorca to have a winery, and the traditions for the wine making industry has been a part of the local business life ever since. Consell is a great place to enjoy a relaxing vacation in the Mallorcan countryside; close to mountains, close to roads and even close to Palma.
Lloseta is a small town and suburb to Inca. The town is situated directly on the mountain slopes giving it a unique character, as you ascent and decent in the narrow stony streets. Lloseta has a rich cultural heritage, which is also why it is so interesting to explore closer. Accommodation in Lloseta is equally unique, as you can stay in the charming and highly rated boutique hotel, Cas Comte, in the centre of the town. This luxury boutique hotel, is an obvious choice for an authentic hotel experience. When based in Lloseta during your holiday, you have great access to the Mallorcan road network, the rural countryside and the impressive Tramuntana mountain range.
Mancor de la Vall
Mancor de la Vall is a cosy little mountain village nestled in a valley at the feet of the green mountain slopes of Tramuntana. The village has a sought for restaurant and hotel, as well as a stunning natural local area perfect for hiking, MTB and walking. You want to choose accommodation in Mancor de la Vall if you prefer a quiet and authentic holiday base, in sync with the Mallorcan soul and nature. Moreover, travelling to Mancor de la Vall lets you completely escape mass tourism and screaming infants, you will completely forget all about your day job and any worries you might have.
Moscari is a very sleepy small village belonging to the municipality of Selva. Moscari is the perfect escape for couples and friends looking for solitude and romance in a tranquil scenery. The accommodation offers in Moscari includes a few small finca hotels in the village itself, and a bunch of rustic fincas and villas nestled in the hilly terrain that surrounds Moscari. If you choose one of the petit finca hotels in Moscari, be sure that you will find both luxury, great food and tranquillity.
Sa Pobla is one of those area you don’t hear much about due to the very little impact of commercial tourism in the area. Sa Pobla offers an interesting history full of events, a series of stunning mansions and architecture witnessing the wealth of the area and a lot of natural spaces such as the s’Albufera wetlands. Sa Pobla is a wonderful place to either visit or stay in, you’ll have a lot of charm, authenticity and tranquility. At the same time, you are close to the stunning beaches of the Alcúdia bay and the mountains to the west. Sa Pobla is also a great place for dining experiences.
Santa Maria del Cami
Santa Maria del Cami offers an eventful history and rich cultural heritage to delve into. Santa Maria is located just 15 minutes from Palma at the feet of the Tramuntana range, making it easy to reach and wonderful to explore. Santa Maria del Cami has a range of interesting buildings to discover in the streets, as well as eateries and bars. Some of the highlights to see, are the parish church, the Minims monastery and the winery of Macia Batle. Every corner in the town is associated with a part of the local history, it is definitely a place to visit.
Selva is a charming village at the foothills of Tramuntana. Selva offers a large selection of wonderful and charming holiday villas, fincas and flats for rent. Selva is a great area for hiking, walking, mountain biking and cycling due to the great location between mountains and countryside. Selva is an obvious choice of holiday destination for self-catered couples looking to enjoy each other in the most authentic frames.