Aux alentours de Bastia

E Nivere to Cardo

This pleasant hike on the mountainside offers all the diversity of its nature

This pleasant hike on the mountainside offers all the diversity of its nature: Corsican scrubland, chestnut trees, springs and grandiose panoramas leading to the “Nivere” (ice houses) of Cardo. These curiosities were once used as «ice houses» (glacières)by the Genoans. Snow was piled up there in winter and chopped into blocks of ice in summer. In this way, Bastia’s rich families from the 16th to the early 20th century could enjoy ice creams and sorbets when the hot weather arrived.

The hike starts near the village church at the sign indicating«glacières de Cardo». Then follow the wooden signs for the ice houses.

Option to reach «Bocca Pruna» in 1 hour’s walk from the second ice house. This pass is the culmination of the heritage trail of Ville-di-Pietrabugno from Manganu.

Duration : 3h00    Drop : 550 m    Intensity: Difficult

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