This island is a long, narrow rocky ridge, 8 by 1.2 km (5 miles by 1300 yds). Almost completely protected by steep cliffs around the shoreline, there are only two points of access: Avis inlet, on the north shore near the center, and Aiguade, at the western end where the ferry docks. The small village includes a post office, school, some shops, lodging and restaurants, but no bank.
Levant island actually looks less wild from the boat, because of several houses on the slopes at the western end, but it is an island of nature, from the extensive flora to the life style.
The Ile du Levant is a naturists paradise. Nudism is permitted everywhere except in the few "public" places, the port, and the center square of the village. Nudism is obligatory at the beaches "plages des grottes" and "bain de diane", and is practiced extensively along the edge of the sea. Héliopolis, the local naturist center, was one of the first naturist centers in Europe, created in 1931s.
• GPS: 43.107993, 6.426885
IGN (1/25,000) #3446 ET "Le Lavandou, Parc Nat. Port-Cros, Corniche Maures"
IGN (1/25,000) #3446 OT "Hyères, Porquerolles"
Didier Richard (1/50,000) #25 "Maures Haut-Pays Varois"
- Top photo, Ile du Levant port, by Matthie Sontag; via wiki commons