It is written 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 hitting in plains.
The village really grew in the fifteenth century and its marina Porto Cardo was the actual 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. Take advantage of your visit to Cardo to refresh yourself at the fountain in the square. In the last century, Cardo’s water was sold to the inhabitants of Bastia by street vendors. 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 as well as magnificent views of Bastia along the delineated hiking path.