Category: Shopping

Category: Shopping

Inca Market

Inca is the third largest town in Mallorca and is located in the heart of the island. The town is famous for its leather products and the weekly Inca market, which takes place every Thursday and attracts visitors from far and wide.

They say that the best way to get to know the island is through its traditions and local products, if that’s the case then Inca is all about the market, leather, wine, Quely biscuits and some of the best Ensaimada on the island.

A combined visit to Inca market and the old Leather Factory store is recommended to make the most of your visit inland.

The brand ‘Camper’ famous for footwear began life in Inca and you can visit the Camper Outlet Village and Factory when you are there. You’ll find lots of bargains in a wide range of styles for men, women and children.

The market is the biggest open air market in Mallorca and is held on the streets in the town centre from 8am to 1pm. It’s a colourful, vibrant and lively experience with hundreds of stalls and to make the most of it, you should put aside a few hours of your time.

There’s an abundance of leather goods for sale ranging from jackets to bags to shoes; however there is also a wide variety of other products for sale such as local crafts, textiles and fruit & vegetables.

Prices on the stalls are set; however the traders love to haggle, there’s some great deals to be made especially if you get there early in the morning.

Inca is mostly a residential town, full of native Mallorcans living alongside a small expat community and has excellent public transport links with the rest of the island.

You will find Inca on the main road from Palma to Alcúdia if you are driving. By train, there are direct connections from Palma, Sa Pobla and Manacor.

Tours

Inca Market Mallorca Half Day Tour

Formentor Cape and Beach with Traditional Markets Mallorca Full Day Trip

Authentic Villages and Inland Majorca Guided tour (pick-up from North)

Mallorca Full Day Tour by Train, Tram and Boat

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Passeig Des Born

Passeig des Born, also known as Paseo del Borne is an iconic tree lined boulevard and one of the most elegant shopping areas in Palma hosting luxury designer brands such as Carolina Herrera, Louis Vuitton, Rolex, Hugo Boss & Mulberry.

Nicknamed ‘The Golden Mile’ but often just called ‘the Borne’, the street with wide promenade and pedestrianised section is busy with both people and traffic; however it is still a great place to sit down in one of the many cafes and restaurant terraces and watch the world go by.

The location and style of the Borne have made it the most sought after retail location on the island despite it having a lower footfall than other shopping areas.

Passeig des Born has a long history and has been host to countless fiestas and also many demonstrations. It is particularly pretty at Christmas when the trees are decorated with lights. A walk along the boulevard is very pleasant during the summertime when it is completed shaded by the trees. There are also plenty of public benches so you can sit down and take a break.

Bookending Passeig des Born are two small squares, one of these, Plaça de la Reina is located just a short walk away from the Royal Palace Of La Almudaina and Palma Cathedral. Plaça de la Reina has a round central fountain and a pretty flower garden and is a good place to stop for a photo.

If you are planning on visiting The Royal Palace or the Cathedral, then the route there along the Borne is recommended.

The vast, beautiful and historic Palma Cathedral (‘La Seu’ in Catalan) is without question, the major architectural landmark in the capital city. The awesome predominantly Gothic 14th century structure is located in the heart of the city and the sheer scale of the golden sandstone building makes it impossible to miss.

Top ways to experience Passeig des Born

Palma de Mallorca Bike Tour with Optional Tapas

Palma de Mallorca Cultural and Foodie Tour

Old Town Palma

There are a few must-see tourist attractions in Palma and many of these are located in Palma’s Old Town.

In Spanish the area is known as ‘El Casco Antiguo’ and it is home to the vast, beautiful and historic Palma Cathedral, the Royal Palace Of La Almudaina and the Es Baluard Contemporary Art Museum.

Palma Old Town is very picturesque and the best way to explore it as by foot. You’ll find medieval streets, Gothic architecture, a host of shops selling antique products and the elegant avenue Passeig des Born with its designer brand shops.

Over the years, many different cultures have left their mark on Palma and you can see this imprinted on and within the architecture of Palma Old Town.

The Royal Palace of La Almudaina was a 10th century Muslim fortress (alcázar ) prior to being converted into a residence for the Mallorca Royal Family at the end of the 13th century. Not so far away, another reminder of the Arabs time on the island are the Arab Baths.

The Cathedral ‘La Seu’ occupies the site of what once was the central mosque of Medina Mayurka, the capital of Muslim Mallorca for 300 years. The story behind the cathedral is long and full of interesting twists but began with the young King Jaume 1 who vowed to build a grand cathedral if he was successful in surviving a storm and also ridding the island of Moors.

Climbing high above the old city walls, the cathedral is the glory of Palma, a magnificent demonstration of the wealth and strength of the island’s Christian conquerors, from the sea, it is a superb sight.

This started a period of time when Moorish structures were either demolished or adapted and today many structures around the city show Gothic and Baroque influences.

Within the Old Town, you will also find 17th & 17th century homes, many now restored and adapted to become boutique-style hotels.

For further information about the Old Town, check out – Palma Old Town – Turismo de Interior