Perched on a rocky cliff overlooking the hills of Bastia, the village of Cardo represents all of the typical characteristics of traditional Corsican rural dwelling.

It is documented that Cardo already existed in the Middle Ages, but its true origins are lost in the mists of time.

An ancient Roman axis and Genovese crossroads; Cardo was erected on a high rocky foothill. Its inhabitants were well protected from Barbarian attacks and especially from malaria, which was rampant in the plain.

The village really grew in the fifteenth century and its marina Porto Cardo was the origin of Bastia. On February 4th 1839, the city of Bastia offered the village to join its district. Cardo became part of the city by the order of King Louis-Philippe on April 13th 1844. During your visit to Cardo, refresh yourself at the fountain in the square. In the last century, Cardo’s water was sold by street vendors to the inhabitants of Bastia. Many paths take you through the village. You can discover the old ice houses of the city (E Nivere) dating from the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries and you will find magnificent views of Bastia along the marked hiking trail.


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