So what’s it to be? A B&B housed in a restored palazzo in Nuoro, a chic apartment in Cagliari’s medieval Castello district, or a back-to-nature agriturismo (farm-stay accom- modation) hidden in Gallura’s oak forests? With so many atmospheric choices, deciding where to stay in Sardinia is more than just choosing a bed for the night. If you are here for the beaches, the island’s your oyster: whether it’s to be the serene Costa Verde in the southwest, the silky sands of the Costa del Sud in the south, or the glamour of the Costa Smeralda in the northeast. Up for an adventure? Base yourself in laid-back Cala Gonone, Dorgali or Santa Maria Navarrese in the east for rock climbing, high-altitude hiking, water sports and sensational coastal walks. With a little careful planning, accommodation need not be eye-wateringly expensive, either. Outside of high season (mid-June to August), rates invariably drop, often by as much as 50%. Generally, the further you are from the sea, the cheaper it gets. Note that most hotels close from mid- October to Easter.