Of course not, but we definitely recommend you do.
Porto Mannu is a private bay lying some 5 kilometers from the first town. In between, there’s nothing: just the sea, the land and the sun (and of course the famous Rock of the Bear). There is no public transportation from Palau to Porto Mannu.
Also, two of the strongpoints of the tournament are the natural beauty of Porto Mannu and the very special atmosphere that is created between Grand Masters and Grand Amateurs at night, when we all meet in front of the bar that dominates the bay. If you choose to lodge away from Porto Mannu (where you can have all of three abundant meals and an independent apartment for a mere 63 euro/day/person), you also choose to lose all this.
Last but not least, consider this: The International Chess Open Capo d'Orso is held thanks to the generosity of the owners and managers of rhe Residence Hotel Porto Mannu. By lodging in Porto Mannu, you help the tournament to survive. Isn’t this an excellent reason to stay with us?