Bukhta Peschanaya (Sandy Bay) is the most popular place at Baikal Lake. There are "Stilt" trees that grow here while wind and water constantly blow and wash away the sand from under their roots - that's why the roots remind of stilts.
Bukhta Peschanaya is made up of taiga slopes from Primorskiy mountain range with picturesque rocks gently coming down into Baikal water. The sandy beach of the bay is surrounded with the pyramidal rocks of Bolshaya Kolokolnya. The height of the cliffs reaches about 80 meters above sea level. The semicircular sandy beach of the bay stretches for 750 meters and its width varies from 15-20 meters.
This place is called "Siberian Riviera" and it was declared as natural site. Its pictures often decorate publishings about Baikal. Bukhta Peschanaya can be characterized by mild micro climate and a big amount of sunny days per year, almost as many as in Black sea resorts. Bukhta Peschanaya is the only place in Eastern Siberia where the average annual temperature of the air is +0,4°С. The water temperature in the bay remains low all summer, that's why only strong healthy people have the courage to swim there.