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Inca. The shopping town

November 2016 | Места | Mallorca

For decades Inca has been known as the ‘leather town’ because of its prosperous footwear industry which came into being in the 19th century.
Bisbe Llompart street. Inca © Ajuntament d’Inca
Celler. Inca © Ajuntament d’Inca
Air weekly market. Inca © Tolo Balaguer

Inca —the capital of the Raiguer region— exuding an enterprising air of commerce. There’s a reason why outlets and stores have been opened here by shoe brands like Camper, Lottusse and Barrats, among others. The pedestrianized streets in the centre are flanked by small shops with exclusive clothes, accessories, books or mallorcan delicacies such as wines, fruit and preserves. An excellent destination for a day’s shopping, making a stop at one of Inca’s bakeries and cake shops, where sweet specialities like ensaimadas and robiols – pastyshaped pastries filled with jam or curd cheese– are made, as well as savoury treats like meat panades or vegetable cocarrois.

As well as all this, every Thursday Inca holds a huge open-air weekly market, with hundreds of stalls selling all kinds of products, offering displays of crafts such as baskets and other objects made from plaited fan palm leaves, ceramics and indigenous foodstuffs like sobrasada, honey, oil, olives and other delicacies from the island.

Dijous Bo, inca’s great fair
On the third Thursday of November Inca transforms to become Mallorca’s largest market. This is a livestock and agricultural fair which has become an unmissable event for all craftspeople and producers from around the island, and is visited by thousands of residents and tourists. From the night before the fair, the streets of the town are full of throngs of people to enjoy the good atmosphere provided by bars and food kiosks. Craftspeople and shopkeepers from all the different trades and sectors set up their stalls here: agricultural machinery, leather work, oil and olives, ceramics… And on the Thursday, as well as the market itself, there are parallel activities for adults and children.

 

Further Information:
Ajuntament d'Inca
Dijous Bo

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