Heliopolis: a naturist haven witnessing the past
Most of the island (5km) is a military base. Only a small part, to the west of the island is opened to the public. This part is mostly dedicated to naturism. Naturism is permitted everywhere except in public places located in the port and around the village square.
The State bought the greater part of the island and turned it into a military base for the Marine. On the other side, the Durville brothers created the first naturist camp in 1931. It was to become the famous Naturist Domain of Heliopolis, complete with a magnificent beach, its own village and shops.
North of the village, the voluntary natural reserve “Le Domaine des Arbousiers”, visitors will smell multiple fragrances. Exploring these 20 hectares of protected vegetation. You will admire arbutus, a small tree with a dark red bark and round red fruit. the smell of rosemary echoes the sweet perfume of honey exhaled by the myrtle tree and the amber scents left in the air by cistus shrubs.
There is no electricity on the island. By nightfall, it is therefore essential to bring a flashlight.
The island is under military control on 5km. Only a small part, on the west coast of the island is opened to the public. This part is mostly dedicated to naturism. Naturism is permitted everywhere except in public area located in the harbour and on the village square. For more informations, visit Le Levant official website : www.iledulevant.com
extraordinary views, Port Man (Port-Cros)
Sunset in Le Levant
A nature trail
A nature trail has been created to take walkers from the entrance of the domain, at the top of the village towards the Cirque de la Galèreand then, along the sea all the way back to the port. Duration: 2.5 hours.