One of the Balearic Islands’ most traditional and biggest markets is held on “Dijous” (Thursdays). The stands go from the train station to Plaza de Orient, passing through Plaza de la Quartera, Gran Via de Colom, calle Jaume Armengol and calle General Luque streets, Plaza de Santa Maria La Major and calle Sirena. Inca’s weekly market has plants and flowers, handicrafts, local products, fresh and seasonal food, and much more; in a friendly, welcoming, traditional and authentic environment.
In fact, Dijous Bo takes place in November, which is the Balearic Islands’ largest market, bringing together more than 120,000 people in the capital of Raiguer.
Throughout the year, at the market held on Thursdays, there are musical performances, dancing and other Inca traditions. Market hours are from 09:00 to 14:00.
09.30 Arrival in Inca (Parking lot of the Museum of Footwear and Industry)
Inca dates back to the 1st century BC with the arrival of the Romans to Majorca. Its strategic location would soon make it a meeting place. It also stands out due to its artisan past, the foundations of an important shoe industry from the late nineteenth century that would make Inca known across the world.
10.00 Visit to the Museum of Footwear and Industry
The Museum of Footwear and Industry recounts the history of the shoe and its auxiliary industries in Majorca, from the 13th century to the present day. The new Museum, reopened in 2018, is a museum centre built from the very community that houses it. Visit the Footwear Route.
10.30 Back to the Market
The weekly Thursday market dates back to the 12th century and is considered one of the most popular in Majorca. Every Thursday morning, the market takes up the town's main streets, selling food, products, artisan products, footwear, textiles and plants.
11.00 Visit to Inca Town Hall
The Town Hall of Inca is housed in an old Majorcan manor house dating back to the 17th century, renovated during the 19th and 20th centuries, and houses the town’s political representatives as well as the Town Hall's staff. The Town Hall building is an example of Inca's architectural heritage. Check out the Heritage Route here.
11.15 Visit to the Covered Market
The Covered Market is an avant-garde enclosure inaugurated in 2010, built over the previous market from the 1960s, in which, in addition to savouring the island's traditional products, fresh and handmade products can be bought. It is one of the town's places of interest. More information in Open Market.
11.45 Visit the Church of Saint Mary Major
Saint Mary Major is a baroque-style church built during the 17th and 19th centuries on the grounds of the previous church dating back to the 16th century. It houses the Renaissance and Baroque altarpieces. The church is part of the Heritage Route, see more information here.
12.00 Organ concert in Saint Mary Major and “ball de bot” in the square. (Summer season)
Saint Mary Major hosts an organ concert, the church's flagship instrument that accompanies most of the masses. Outside, you can enjoy a “ball de bot” performance, a traditional Majorcan dance. You can also do a spot of shopping at the market stalls located around the square.
13.00 Lunch in a typical celler (traditional restaurant)
There is no better way to finish the route than eating in one of Inca’s traditional celleres (traditional restaurants), where you can savour traditional dishes such as frito mallorquín, Majorcan soups or lomo con col (pork loin with cabbage), among many others. Check the Cellers Route to discover the entire gastronomic offer of these traditional restaurants in Inca.