Welcome to Cargèse
Popular with summer visitors, largely for its clutch of well-priced hotels and restaurants, Cargèse makes a good base for exploring the dramatic surrounding coastline. The village has an unlikely 300-year history: a group of Greek refugees, fleeing their Ottoman-controlled homeland, were invited by Corsica’s Genoese rulers to settle here in 1715. Apart from its Orthodox church, Cargèse doesn’t look particularly Greek these days, but it remains very much a hillside village. There’s only a small cluster of buildings around the modern harbour, a steep, winding 15-minute walk below, from where seasonal excursion boats offer day-trips in summer.