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The Durville Brothers


There is no electricity on the island. By nightfall, it is therefore essential to bring a flashlight.

In 1931, the Durville brothers decided to open the first naturist centre on the island. Until then, le Levant had been a land of conflicts and uprising. Fifty years after the St Anne penitential colony closed its doors in 1848, they chose this remote island to launch their new concept: naturism. A village, along with its chapel and shops was born.


Naturism is permitted everywhere except in public places located in the port and around the village square. Naturism is mandatory o the Grottes beach – the only accessible beach of the island - and on most of the island’s coast.

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