My wife and I will be spending 10 days on Mallorca this coming spring, April 25 - May 5. It will be our last stop at the end of a 3-month European tour that will have taken us through lots of mediterranean coastal areas. With the exception of a week on Lake Como, we'll be staying in a coastal town most nights.
During the 3-month trip we will set up a base for a week or more, in 8 different areas. We're not big on ticking items off a list of "must see" sights/sites. We like to "live like locals" in each area. Although a day trip or two, either renting a car, or using trains, buses and ferries, will occur in almost all week-long stops. So being in or near a transport hub is helpful too.
In each week-long stop we reserve an apartment. My wife loves to cook (and I love to eat!) So shopping in local markets, cooking classes and simply soaking up the local culture is high on our list. We're not fans of big cities, so we like to stay in mid-sized centres. We'd rather set up camp in a medium sized area (think Solerno - not Naples, Sitges - not Barcelona, or Naxos - not Myconos) just outside of a major centre that we can travel to if we want.
Yet tiny towns or villages that don't have good veggie or seafood markets, or are too sleepy - won't do either. The challenge is finding the "goldilocks" sized places to set up for the week. We don't need or want nightclubs, but we also can't have a small town where the sidewalks get rolled up at 7pm either!
While everything else has been fairly easy to plan - I'm struggling with Mallorca. I can't find a mid-sized area that suits us. My guess is Palma is too big. I've read that the mid-sized areas of Magaluf and S'Arenal are full of partiers, and the other mid-sized areas are inland.
Can anyone suggest a goldilocks-sized place on the coast for us to set up for our last 10 days?
Thanks in advance, Bob