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Listvyanka is the most popular place on Baikal lake. Perhaps, every traveler visits it, because it's the easiest way to reach Baikal. Listvyanka is located 60 km south-east from Irkutsk, and it takes about 1 hour to get there by car.
There is a wide range of accommodation (from luxury hotels for $100 / room to budget, but clean, dorm rooms for $5 a night, and bed and breakfast accommodations with locals). Baikal lake is just across the road.
However, popular is not always the best, so is Listvyanka. It seems a bit dirty, and overcrowded in Summer, but if you walk about 2-3 kilometers away (there are some paths along the lake up north), you'll be able to enjoy Baikal lake in all its beauty.
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