The Ile du Levant, or Levant island, is situated just off the coast of the Riviera in the Hyeres region of France. Most of the island is dedicated to the French military, but the section which is open to the public is interesting to say the least. Here, naturism is a way of life, and nudity is not only allowed, but expected in most parts of the island. In areas where clothes are worn, the “le minimum” is required, which is little more than a piece of string! Needless to say, a holiday in Ile du Levant appeals to a certain group of people! Accommodation comes in many forms, although a holiday rental house in Ile du Levant provides all the mod-cons and comforts of home in a stunning setting.
As with any holiday destination set on the coast, there are a number of water-based leisure activities available for those that wish to try them. One popular pastime here is scuba diving, whilst other suggestions include snorkelling, swimming, sailing and fishing. On dry land, hiking and beach combing are also possibilities. Note - cars are allowed on the island, but it is small enough to be able to walk everywhere comfortably.
The whole point of a holiday in Ile du Levant is that it offers access to a totally different lifestyle, and as a result of this, many people are content to spend their entire time on the island. There are few notable places to visit, although a trip to the ruins of the original 15th century monastery, and a visit to the Domaine des Arbousiers natural reserve are all pleasant ways to pass some time. For most though, either sitting in the grounds of the self catering accommodation in Ile du Levant, enjoying the beach, or dining in a restaurant will be more than enough.
Enjoying a Mediterranean climate with warm to hot summers and mild winters, a holiday in Ile du Levant is best taking between late spring and early autumn. During this time, day time average high temperatures of between 24 and 28 degrees can be enjoyed, and rainfall measure no more than 30mm per month. The winter months are cooler, with average day time low temperatures dropping to 6 degrees in December and January. This is still quite warm when compared to winter in the UK, but perhaps not warm enough, given the emphasis on nudism!
When booking a holiday rental house in Ile du Levant, it is important to remember that no cars are allowed on the island. This means that everything that is needed will have to be carried over via the boat which runs from Hyeres and Le Lavandou. In terms of flying into France, the closest airport is to be found in Toulon, known as Toulon-Hyeres Airport (TLN). A small regional airport, the regular Ryanair service from London Stansted (STN) may be of interest to those coming over from the UK.