Listvyanka is a small village on the south-western bank of the Baikal, about an hour drive from Irkutsk and it represents quite a popular destination for both locals and tourists, due to its location that makes it easy to reach and that provides direct access to the lake at the same time.
How to get there
You can reach Listvyanka by bus or marshutka from Irkutsk bus station – Avtovokzal (the ride usually takes 1 hour and 30 minutes). Tickets should be around 100-120 Rubles.
What to see/do
- Enjoy the beach! Lie in the sun, swim (if you’re brave enough) and just enjoy a relaxing afternoon.
- Taste hot-steamed omul’ fish! You’ll find it at the market, buy one with some local bread and enjoy on the shore. It really is delicious.
- Hike to Bolshie Koty on the Great Baikal Trail. It is a 22km hike that gives you the chance to enjoy the Siberian forest along the shores of the Lake. The Great Baikal Trail is a project initiated by a non-profit group foster the development of ecotourism. More info here.
Eat & Sleep
Sleep. We stayed at Belka Hostel, on ul. Chapaeva 77A, it’s a 15-20 mins walk from the waterfront, very nice and cozy. (Around 600 RUB/night).
Eat. Omul’ fish!