The Ile du Levant
The Naturist Capital
The international reputation of the Ile du Levant stems from the work of doctors Gaston and André Durville who, in 1931, created Héliopolis (the city of the sun), which was the very first naturist centre: "it is a way to live in harmony with nature, characterised by the common practice of nudity, undertaken with the objective of encouraging self-respect, respect for others and respect for the environment".
Therefore a genuine village, complete with chapel and shops, was born on the most remote of the Iles d'Or, on an 80 hectare plot that was covered with lush vegetation.
Just 1 hour from the port of Hyères, this naturist paradise awaits you.
Far from the hustle and bustle of city life, the noise and the pollution, everyone is free to stroll naked, with the exception of certain public places, such as the port and the village square.
Levant’s accommodation, restaurants and shops are on hand to help you enjoy relaxing naturist holidays, with sunshine and sea in the heart of an exceptional natural environment.
It is important to note that the majority of the island (90%) belongs to the army.
Tourism on the island
The Ile du Levant offers its visitors a multitude of activities: walking, paddle boarding, yoga, swimming, visits, but also the chance to sit back and do nothing. To the north of the village, a rustic nature path allows you to explore the voluntary nature reserve of the Domaine des Arbousiers. Across its 20 hectares of protected green space, the scent of rosemary combines
with the sweet and gentle aroma of the myrtle and the heady amber fragrance of the cistus. The coastal path, on the other hand, provides magnificent views of the sea.
Perhaps you will find the time to admire the "tafoni", sculpted rocks covered with holes that have been formed by the winds, or you may even be lucky enough to spot a Cory’s Shearwater, a seabird that comes to nest on the island’s cliffs every year. The Levant also provides conviviality, however, with games of pétanque and volleyball, aperitifs on the terrace as you admire the sunset, the chance to savour fresh fish dishes whilst sitting opposite Port-Cros or to frolic on or beneath the waves.
Once you have discovered all of Levant’s secrets, and if there is any time left, why not visit Hyères with its typical alleyways, Porquerolles or even Port-Cros, discover the military radar station at Toulon, stroll through the heart of the Maures Massif, even head out as far as Saint- Tropez or dive into the turquoise waters of the Verdon?
The Levant is an island that can be reached from Port Saint-Pierre in Hyères.
Hourly TLV boat services and information: Tel: +33 (0)4 94 57 44 07 - www.tlv-tvm.com
To get to Hyères:
- By road:
- From Paris: A7 and then A8 in the direction of Aix-en-Provence, Toulon and then the A57 Hyères.
- From Nice: A8, then A57 in the direction of Hyères. Free parking from Monday to Sunday, 500m from the TLV drop off point in Hyères. Please note that parking is not permitted here on Sundays.
- By train : TGV and Trains Express Régionaux
- By air: Toulon/Hyères Airport : +33(0)8 25 01 83 87
83400 Ile du Levant