Orisson

Camino Frances

To end of camino
759.5
Altitude
800

Honto [Huntto]

2.30

Orisson

1.00

Borda

Services
Bar
Yes

Orisson is a common stopping point for pilgrims wishing to split the walk over the pass into more manageable sections.

Notice

If you arrive here late in the day don’t just pass on by. Drop in and inquire about the weather, and if you choose to continue on make it clear to somebody that you are doing so. If it is anywhere near nightfall (within 6 hours), consider changing your plans to stay on this side of the pass.

Last minute reservations in Orisson, as well as the Borda albergue 1.5km further up the road, are difficult to achieve. An alternative is to a dangerous crossing is to return to Saint Jean via taxi, and to return the same way to Orisson the following morning.

WARNING: Fill up your water here. There is no guarantee of a water supply beyond this point. You are advised to take at least 2 liters with you.

City Map
Accommodation in Orisson
Private
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Refuge Orisson

Comments

All Caminos App User

My daughter and I stayed here our first night. It was very clean and well organized. The views are first rate! The staff is busy and sometimes the pilgrims treat this place more like they are tourists. I read somewhere on a sign something like: “Tourists demand. Pilgrims find gratitude.” Connect with your gratitude. Make incredible friends you’ll see over and over along the way and Buen Camino!

All Caminos App User

If you are thinking of staying overnight at Auberge Orisson here are some helpful hints:
1. The staff is busy, exercise patience;
2. The staff may come across as rude, exercise empathy. You are on a journey. They are on the job;
3. Book way ahead. If you cannot make it all the way to Roncesvalles, make this stop the first place you book in your planning;
4. Take the sandwich option for the next day. The mountains are a great place for a picnic;
5. Ask them for your wi-fi code. They will not tell you unless you ask. However, wi-fi is not available if you’re just passing through;
6. If you have a private room, pay the €20 deposit for your key. You get it back, and you can feel secure about your belongings;
7. If you are traveling with another person and want to sit together for dinner, show up early. People line up. However, pilgrims are kind, they will probably move for you;
8. ONE 7-minute shower was enough time for TWO of us. Think about water and the environment - make it part of your Pilgrimage;
9. Orisson is NOT the only choice. You can stay at Auberge Borda, you can walk all the way to Roncesvalles, or you can taxi back to St. Jean and come back the next day; And finally,
10. After reading all this, make sure that this is really the place for you. Once you book, there is no refund. Just a date change if they have availability.
Buen Camino!

All Caminos App User

We really enjoyed the day and evening. Warmly welcomed by staff that were super busy . An amazing day and evening spent there , clean and well organised. WIFI is available if you are staying. The dinner was delicious and plentiful and served with red wine . So glad we broke the walk there as a lot of Pilgrims that walked through to Ronsavalles in the rain , were exhausted and said they regretted not breaking the walk .

Camino de Sant…

The view in Orisson is spectacular. I recommend booking in advance. It was fully booked but I was lucky and had booked two weeks before arriving. The staff was busy but always helpful. It’s a nice stop where you can relax after the first day of walking.

All Caminos App User

For my wife and I, staying at Orisson was the smart decision for us. The scenery was beautiful and all of the staff seemed to work hard to take care of the pilgrims. That said, there are some weird things happening at this place. For the pilgrims staying upstairs, the toilets do not have toilet lids. Nothing like a good hike and then have to hover over the toilet. Not cool. The female waitress worked hard, but I witnessed her giving major attitude to several of the pilgrims. My last gripe is that the showers require tokens for 7 minutes of shower. I’m several days down the road now, and thankfully tokens haven’t been in any of the albuergues we’ve stayed in since. The problem is that they are the only game in town if you aren’t up for the walk straight to Roncesvalles.

All Caminos App User

Bad way to start a Pilgrimage!
Bad Host(I felt like I was talking to a dishonest person—Emails sent back and forth and the host never officially confirmed our booking by email. We ended up making a new booking and paying in full.
She made us wait for 3 hours and still refused to have any insight to this misunderstanding -Made is pay for 5 and we were only 3.
Sad to see her losing a passion for pilgrims

Camino de Sant…

Popular spot for a break - indeed, last toilet until Roncisvalles. Prices are quite greedy, I managed to get espresso and a banana for two euros and that was great; not worth breaking the bank for a bocadillo.
Personally I don't think it's worth breaking the trip to stay here - the part afterwards is much harder!

All Caminos App User

Staying here really set a good mood to begin your journey. 11 days out and I still see people from that first night. We check in on each and it’s a good sense of community. Be sure to get the dessert with the pilgrim lunch :-)

Camino de Sant…

I’m planning on starting from SJPP in mid September- how busy are the routes to Roncesvalley and do u need to book accommodation in Orisson?

Camino de Sant…

This is the last toilet / rest room till Roncesvalles so best plan your rest stops