IT has been a while since I have visited Inca, Majorca´s second town and I must admit I was pleasantly surprised. Before Inca had a reputation as an industrial centre famous for its shoes. But unfortunately those days have long gone with the number of shoe producing factories declining quite dramatically. But instead of going into decline like its principal industry the town has reinvented itself as a commercial hub with many fine restaurants offering typical Majorcan food, along with plenty of shops.
Obviously, Inca has the largest traditional market on the island and this has always been a major attraction but the council have spent their money wisely ensuring that there is always something happening. Inca is also linked with Palma through a first class train service which makes access easy.
What I like about Inca is that it still retains that Majorcan feel which Palma has sadly lost. When you walk around Palma these days you feel that you could be in any city in Europe as result of all the chain stores which have been set-up in the capital. But Inca retains its old Majorcan charm and the council should be congratulated for managing to move with the times but at the same time keeping the old. Residents may find its faults but I was very impressed.