Inca holidays take you to the fertile central area of Majorca, to a town with a history that dates back to Roman times. Lying in a fertile valley, Inca is surrounded by orchards, vineyards, orange and olive groves. It is also home to the island's leather industry. Inca is a large town by Majorcan standards, having a resident population of over twenty-five thousand, and boasts a bull ring as well as a football stadium. The town lies twenty-three miles from Palma which is located to the south west. Although not the prettiest town, Inca provides good shopping and the Thursday market is one of the largest on the island. If you are looking for a base away from the coast where you can experience a true Majorcan atmosphere, an Inca holiday may fit the bill.
Why go to Inca?
Inca holidays have an authentic Majorcan flavour that is often missing from the more popular seaside resorts. It is the ideal choice for those who wish to combine relaxing days on the beach with sightseeing and exploration of the island. There are many sightseeing opportunities in the area and Palma, a little over twenty miles away is easily reached by bus.
Who is Inca popular with?
Inca holidays are popular with couples of all ages. They appeal to those with an interest in history, and in cycling and walking in the area. The coast is easily accessed for those who wish to intersperse their holiday with days on the beach.
When to go to Inca
Inca holidays can be taken from April to the end of October. Temperatures rise from twenty to the low thirties at the height of summer. Early and late season, when the weather is more temperate, are popular times for walkers, cyclists and sightseers.
Inca - The place
Inca holidays take you twenty three miles north east of Palma, to a bustling town with a good economy supported by a combination of agriculture, tourism and the manufacture of leather.
It is a town with a long history and there are a number of buildings that are well worth visiting. If you are energetic you can climb the hill to the Sanctuary of St. Magdalena which was founded in the thirteenth century and was restored at the end of the last century. The visitor is rewarded by wonderful panoramic views.
Inca holidays are ideal for those who wish to combine sightseeing with walking or cycling in the countryside as well as occasional trips to the sandy beaches of the north east or the south coast.
Inca accommodation provides for all budgets and its restaurants, serving everything from traditional island fare to fast foods and international cuisine, cater for all tastes. The provision of shops is excellent and of course there is the large Thursday market where you can search for your Inca holiday bargains. If greater choice is needed you can take the bus to Palma.
If you wish to make the most of your Inca holiday, car hire is recommended.
Inca nightlife is fairly low key. Although there are a number of lively bars Inca is not a resort that parties into the early hours. There are many fine traditional restaurants where you can spend a pleasant evening in the company of family and friends.
Inca has a great supply of shops, second only to Palma on the island. The famous Thursday market is a great place to haggle over your gifts and souvenirs. Popular purchases include leather goods manufactured locally, embroidered linens, pottery, basketry and jewellery. If even greater choice is needed, take the bus to Palma where you'll find a host of fashion boutiques and specialist shops.
Inca is well known for its fine restaurants that serve a wide variety of cuisine that caters for all tastes. If you are new to the flavours of Spain, order tapas and you will be given a selection of tasty morsels which will surely delight your taste buds. Local wines are as pleasing to the palate as they are to the pocket. Children are always made very welcome and their tastes and portion sizes are usually accommodated.
Inca is a pleasant town which offers many recreational facilities and sightseeing opportunities both in the town and in the surrounding area. The central plain in the island is great for cycling and walking. Being on the main road from Palma to the north east of the island, the beaches around Alcudia are easily reached. The southern coast also has many fine sandy beaches where a variety of water sports will be found. Golf and tennis are also available.
Since Majorca is a small island, visitors can enjoy all of its attractions including a choice of water parks, a safari park, stables for horse riding, a giant wooden maze which, when open at night, becomes a very scary experience as you never know when a ghost will leap out at you. The House of Katmandu with its interactive adventure and the Fantasia mini golf at Palma Nova are also very popular. While local buses offer a fairly good service, if you wish to explore the island fully, including its more remote parts, car hire is recommended.
Soller and Puerto Soller, on the west coast make a memorable excursion. Be sure to visit the Soller Botanical Gardens at Camp D'En Prohom, terraced gardens where many rare and endangered species are grown. Catch a ride on the old Soller train which runs through beautiful countryside from Soller to Palma.
The two water parks near Palma offer an exciting day out for adults and children alike. Aqualand has some terrifying vertical drops which certainly raise adrenalin levels. The Palma Aquarium, also close by, is on the top ten list of tourist attractions that appeal to all age groups. At Marineland you can see dolphin shows as well as a range of sea life.
The historic town of Palma with its impressive Gothic Cathedral, its fine buildings and museums, and its multitude of specialist stores and fashion boutiques, makes a welcome change from the beach, and most couples make time for a visit. It offers plenty of opportunities for buying your holiday gifts and souvenirs. The markets of the island have great appeal with the one in Felanitx said to be the best. Visitors may also wish to tour the pearl factory in Manacor where jewellery can be purchased. The east coast has the spectacular Caves of Drach and also the Caves of Ham. The caves are well worth seeing as the caverns and enormous stalactites and stalagmites are dramatically illuminated.
Majorca also has many pretty inland villages where the pace of life has remained unchanged for decades. One of most charming is Valldemosa, which is the highest on the island and certainly one of the most picturesque. Be sure to visit its thirteenth century monastery. Deia, framed by the Tramuntana Mountains, is another beautiful and traditional village that should not be missed.