Located 15 km from the Var coast, the Ile du Levant appears on a long rocky ridge 8 km long and 1 km wide.
Heliopolis naturist resort, the village and the nature reserve des Arbousiers occupy a tenth of the island. The other part of the island is preserved and is not accessible to the public, it belongs to the Ministry of Defence.
In the village on the heights of the island you will find the small town hall, the chapel, the post office and the police station, a bakery, a grocery and bazaar (where nothing is lacking!), some hotels and restaurants and a disco.
It is helpful to have a flashlight, since there is no public lighting so that you can better enjoy the starry sky.
Heliopolis, the oldest naturist village of France, was founded in 1932 by André and Gaston Durville, who said:
"Heliopolis should not be a city or village, not an agglomeration of houses or luxury villas with garages, casinos, theaters, factories, business houses, but a simple rustic city where air and sunlight lovers come in the quiet of a beautiful nature, rest from the fatigue of artificial civilisation of cities, and enjoy simple and healthy holiday, with the only luxury of high ideals and the only concern for a more robust health. "
Clothing is optional everywhere except on the harbour where a minimum or a sarong is required. Nudity is mandatory on the beach and on the sea paths.
Cars and other vehicles are prohibited, with the exception of the minibus which you can catch to climb to the village (only 850 meters but a steep slope!), especially if you carry luggage.