L’Orri de Planès
His real pride is the four brand new yurt-style eco-tents designed by local craftsmen and kitted with circular wooden floors, futons, pillows, chill-boxes for food, cooking sets, and camping chairs. Their fabric walls give a tent-like feel to what appears a very permanent structure and the roofs, soiled and seeded, are just beginning to green up. Soon they'll have long, shaggy, grass hair like an eco-yurt version of a rockstar, blending them into the tree-clad surroundings.
The secluded space for four tents is perfect if you plan to bring your own, though short-term tenting is preferred as a courtesy to passing cyclists and hikers who are the most frequent users of the spot. There’s a covered eating area for campers, with a BBQ grill and twin-burner stove; picnic tables are dotted around, and round the back you’ll find a nice stream that the kids can play in.
As well as being impressively eco-friendly (solar installation, water-consumption limiters, and discounts for guests arriving by public transport), L’Orri’s maison d’hôtes is one of the best places to eat in the area, by a long shot. The site works with around 30 local producers, who supply the place with everything from cheese and veal to honey and wine and you can buy their products from L’Orri’s shop, though, if you want to be more adventurous Arif will happily give you directions to the farms themselves. It's can be a good reason to spur you away from the delights of the campsite itself – never an easy thing here. With the GR10 Trans-Pyrénées walking trail, nearby hot springs, and a beautiful nature reserve within walking distance, as well as the entire Pyrénées region at your disposal, this is a great place to immerse yourself in nature as well as food!
Campfires are okay. Four eco-yurts, plus space for 4 tents; modern toilets and showers in the hiking lodge; pool access (solar-heated); bar service on poolside terrace; site shop selling hiking maps and regional products; meals in the lodge (booking essential); self-service laundry (€5 per load); wooden picnic shelter, washing-up area.
Tent campers (backpackers and short stays only), large and young groups, well-behaved dogs – yes. Campervans, caravans – no
Beautiful hiking in the Planès valley, accessible from the lodge on foot. Great bathing in the Orri's solar heated swimming pool or try out the Saint Thomas hot springs resort, just an hour's walk from the Orri on a beautiful and well marked trail.
Food & Drink
The best place to eat is at L’Orri, just below the campsite. If there’s no space, visit surrounding farms for excellent meats, cheeses, and charcuterie. There’s also a crêperie at Mont-Louis that does lunches and crêpes.
Campground opened May–October. Lodge opened May– October and December–March.
From Perpignan highway N116 to Mont- Louis, then D32 through La Cabanasse to Planès. The town is at the end of this road and L’Orri is in the upper part of the town. Follow signs in town.
Planès station is on the Yellow Train line, which connects Villefranche-de-Conflent (and Perpignan) with Latour-de-Carol (and Toulouse or Barcelona). Passengers must ask to stop at Planès station. To get to the town, follow the trail up the valley for about 20 minutes. Follow signs in town.
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