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Mallorca’s third-largest town, Inca, is famed for its leather factories and weekly Thursday market. It is not on many tourists’ radars, probably because it is located in the interior of the island. This should not put people off, however, as it is a picturesque town with views of the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range and good road connections with the rest of the island. Inca is only around 36 square miles in size, making it easy to get around on foot. But car rental is the most convenient way to get out of Inca and explore other parts of the island, relax on nearby beaches or travel through the mountains.
Who to Book With
Independent car hire company Choferex has an office in Inca, but there is a much wider selection of suppliers at the airport as well as in other parts of the island. Avis, Sixt, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt have a presence at the airport, with some of these agents also having depots near Palma Port and in popular resort areas. It is imperative to reserve a vehicle in advance if you plan on visiting during the high season.
Best Time to Go
Mallorca can be visited year round, and Inca is no exception. The average yearly temperature is 17°C though the mercury can drop to 8°C in the winter months. The summer months (June to August) are the most popular times to visit as well as the most expensive. Inca is not a major destination so it is much cheaper than most other parts of the island, regardless of when you visit.
Need to Know Essentials
To be able to drive off in your rental car, you will need to show the following:
- A valid driver’s licence from the UK
- Proof of ID in another form, like a passport
- A credit card in the driver’s name
- Printed confirmation of booking
Inca is filled with one-way streets and newbies may find it confusing to drive around. Many roads lead to Inca, while the island’s main highway, the PM-27, skirts the town, making it easy for drivers to get in and out. Parking should not be a problem here, as the town only has a population of around 25,000. The same is true about traffic though in the peak season, the PM-27 can get congested.
Our guide to Spain has more useful tips on driving here.
Inca does not have much in terms of public transport though its location makes it somewhat of a hub for transport to other parts of Mallorca. Walking is the preferred mode of transportation, followed by self-drive. Visitors can also jump on a bus passing through the town to travel from one end of Inca to the other.
Inca’s railway station is a junction station for the Majorca rail network, with trains operated by Transport de les Illes Balears. There are two lines that pass through Inca; one that runs between Palma and Sa Pablo and the other which runs between Palma and Manacor.
There is no bus network in Inca itself, but 10 Transport de les Illes Balears bus routes pass through the town, connecting it with neighbouring towns and villages, as well as with most other areas on the island, including the Tramuntana Mountains.
Taxis are not present in Inca itself, but they can be found at the airport for travel into the town. Taxis on Mallorca use metres, with additional charges for luggage. There is also an extra charge for entering or leaving the airport, and the total minimum fee to or from the airport is around £10.
Inca’s location in the interior of Mallorca, midway between Palma and Alucia and Palma and Manacor, makes it the perfect place to use as a base for exploring the stunning island. No destination on the island is more than a 1 hour drive from Inca, meaning visitors have an endless supply of options for taking excursions from the town.
Valldemossa – Located in the Tramuntana Mountains, this picturesque village is famous for its 14th century monastery, which today is a museum. The monastery has hosted some prominent guests, including Polish composer Frédéric Chopin and French writer George Sand. The views from the village are absolutely breathtaking, while the drive here is equally stunning.
Palma de Mallorca – The capital city of Mallorca is home to the majority of the island’s landmarks. The historic centre is filled with narrow streets that are dotted with historical buildings though it is the spectacular Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma that is the main landmark. Outside of the historical centre is the impressive Gothic style Bellver Castle that overlooks the entire city. If you are travelling with your family, don’t miss Aqualand, which is an adventurous water park suitable for kids.
Calvià – This is the most visited area of the island, at just over 30 minutes from Inca by car. Magaluf is the most built-up beach in the area and is sometimes compared to Blackpool in the UK but it has much nicer beaches. This is the nightlife capital of the island and the best place to go to if you are looking for a night out. The much less lively nearby Santa Ponça is the place to go if you want to play a round of golf, while nudists will enjoy a day on Portals Vells.