Ctra. Palma-Alcudia Km 30, Inca, 07300, Spain
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Inca station, February 1993.
Sheeps in the sunset
Climbing on rocks
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Festivals and popular traditions
The city has known how to maintain its traditions and its people continue to be dedicate themselves wholeheartedly to all its celebrations. In addition to the festivities that take place around bonfires, such as Sant Antoni and Sant Sebastià, other major fiestas are Carnival, the pilgrimage to Puig de Santa Magdalena, which takes place on the first Sunday in Easter Week, and the fiestas in honour of Sant Adbon and Sant Senén, which are celebrated on July 30.
DIJOUS BO FAIR
Nevertheless, the municipality's main celebration is, without a doubt, the Dijous Bo Fair, which once a year makes Inca Mallorca's capital.
The fair is held on the first Thursday after the saint's day of Santa Maria la Major, which usually falls in the middle of November. In addition to the fair itself, there is an important exhibition of the island's local animals and other events, such as literary competitions, music recitals and sports competitions, which attracts thousands of visitors every year.
HISTORY OF THE CELLERS
Inca's numerous cellers, or wine cellars, are proof of the historical importance winemaking has had in the municipality.
Located all throughout the old part of the city and on ancient farmsteads, the cellers have become tourist attractions, because of the monumental buildings which house them and the ethnological elements they contain, including the traditional great wine casks called botes congrenyades
Some cellars have been turned into restaurants devoted mainly to traditional Mallorcan cuisine.
Cicling, hiking or riding, enjoy the surroundigs
The Inca plain is the ideal terrain for practising hiking, cycling and riding. By following its roads, we can visit the area's farmsteads and enjoy a territory parts of which have been listed as rural areas of particular interest.
The climb to Mount Santa Magdalena is a must for the magnificent views it proffers from the summit. To complete the visit, we can follow the paved road that leads to the cross that crowns the neighbouring mount called Puig de la Minyó.
October, month of festivals
Not for nothing is Inca is known as the town of fairs as well as leather; in less than a month it hosts four of the most famous fairs in Mallorca. The last of these is the Dijous Bo.
The Primera Fira is held next Sunday in the Sant Lluc festival (18th of October), maintaining a tradition that stretches back to the Middle Ages. This year it begins on Sunday the 24th and the following fairs take place on the succeeding Sundays.
All the fairs are devised in thematic terms; hence the first one focuses on new technologies, gastronomic products and local farming. Wines and a huge display of flowers and plants are particularly abundant.
The Segona Fira is designed especially for young people with a programme centring on leisure and sports that turns the streets of Inca into a multi-purpose playing field from Saturday the 30th.
The Tercera i darrera Fira is also called Fira d’Època (Fair of the Époque).
Mallorca’s most important fair is the Dijous Bo. The fourth fair is not held the following Sunday, but on the thirdThursday of november. It is called Dijous Bo (good Thursday) and is the largest fair in Mallorca. A wide selection of activities is brought together, with several examples of animals indigenous to the country. One of the most important of these is the porc negre (black pig), which lives in the meadows and less dense woods of Mallorca. An exquisite sweetly-flavoured sobrassada sausage is made from it.
The exhibitions range from agricultural machinery, automobiles, an artisan market or the fashion show where the latest leather creations are displayed. As well as this, cultural exhibitions, sporting activities and street concerts are programmed.
Each year tons of visitors congregate for the fair, so many in fact that the activities already begin on the Wednesday. This day is known as Dimecres Bo (good Wednesday).
- First Fair: 24th of October.
- Second Fair: 31th October.
- Third and last Fair: 7nd of November.
- Good Thursday: 18th of November.
INCA STATION - A PHOTO FOR POSTERITY
One for the record. There are fiendish plans to put Inca station - and the railway, of course - underground. Ostensibly because the railway is an 'architectural barrier'. in reality because the land released in burying the railway would fetch an enormous sum for redevelopment - flats, offices, roads, and the rest.
Spain is all too fond of burying her railways in urban areas. The ONLY reason for doing so is to capitalise on the land released. Railways are NOT architectural barriers. They do NOT pollute. Roads ARE architectural barriers, many of the people that drive on them do so in a dangerous manner AND their vehicles, often driven in the wrong gear, pollute like crazy.
When will Spanish municipal councils learn any sense - and stop being so ***!!!***ed greedy!!!!
(Please insert any suitable but non-blasphemous expletive . . .)
As they say in my native Lancashire - Ah go to th'bottom of me stairs . . .