PHOTO: LISTVYANKA VILLAGE. AERIAL VIEW.
LISTVYANKA is an urban-type settlement in Irkutsk Oblast, Russia, situated seventy kilometres from Irkutsk, near the point where the Angara River leaves Lake Baikal. Listvyanka is accessible by bus or ferry from Irkutsk. Its population is 1,882 (2010 Census).
Despite its modest size Listvyanka is one of the busiest tourist spots in the whole of Siberia. Due to its proximity to Irkutsk, it sees probably more visitors than all other towns and villages on Lake Baikal combined – particularly weekending Irkutians and foreign tourists (Russian travellers prefer wilder spots) and is relatively overdeveloped, with a tourist-oriented market, picnic areas and a plethora of hotels and cafes.
PLEASE NOTE: There is a shortage of ATMs in Listvaynka – the existing once are often out of cash, please make sure you have enough cash with you!
Cheap places to stay in LISTVYANKA get booked out quickly in summer. Please consider booking in advance at least for 1 night.
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HOW MANY DAYS TO SPEND IN LISTVYANKA??
Listvyanka itself worth of few days. One day is to see the village, another day or two to visit Bolshie Koty, and 1 more day for port Baikal.
I WAS TOLD THAT LISTVYANKA IS VERY TOURISTIC, IS THAT TRUE?
“Touristic” in our case simply means that Listvyanka has some infrastructure, which other places don’t. Yes, it does have the tourists. But its number is incomparable with hot spots of Thailand or other touristic places. Walk 1 hr west from Listvyanka and you’ll be in the deep forest, where there are all possibilities to get lost and never be found. Does that sound like a very touristic place?? Or visit Olkhon island in August – you’ll surprised how touristic it is. Still want to see a non-tourstsic place?? Visit KACHUG then.