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Morillon- is a small mountain commune in the Haute Savoie department of the French alps. The town consists of about 500 year round residents engaged primarily in agriculture and tourist service business. The town has a 15th century Church that has recently been remodeled, it is also home to a number of small restaurants and a gondola that links it to the Grande Massif ski areas.
From Calais, take A26 Motorway towards Reims and Troyes, then Dijon, Mâcon then ‘Autoroute Blanche’ Motorway (A40 Mâcon – Cluses) Exit Cluses Scionzier. Follow signs to Samoens. After the Chatillon pass, follow signs to Morillon. It takes approximately 15 minutes from the motorway exit to Morillon.
Morillon is quite small and once you have arrived you can easily get around on foot, however especially if you are stuck here in the winter and there is not enough snow to ski you will want a rental car to be able to fully enjoy the surrounding area and keep from going mad having to watch French television.
Skiing, both cross country and downhill are the primary winter sports in Morillon, the resort website provided in both French and English is located here: and covers the ski area in depth as well as the possibilities of linking up on skis with the surrounding areas that comprise "Le Grande Massif."
In the summer they are replaced by hiking, Mountain bicycling, golf and other adventure activities like rock climbing and white water rafting.
The golf Highlights are
Being a rather typical small mountain village there are the rather typical shops: a Tabac (newspaper and tobacco shop), a couple of small markets, a bakery, the village butcher R.Roux (sells excellent local meat and prepared foods), and of course sporting goods shops focusing on the primary winter and summer activities of the region.
There is a lively market on Friday mornings in Morillon with local produce at very good prices.
With in Morillon and its environs lay a number of very good a well priced restaurants, almost all of them specializing in local dishes or Pizza. Among the best are:
Prepared take away food is also available from R.Roux and the local Hyper-Markets.
The primary source of accommodation in Morillon is rental chalets and apartments many of which can be booked on the internet and a particularly simple option as many of the owners are British. There is one hotel centrally located in town the Hotel Le Morillon  that rooms can be reserved through, in typical French fashion food will be included as part of the price unless other wise specified.
There are many easy local day trips from Morillon: by car Chamonix, Les Gets, and Sixt with its pristine Cirque Du Fer-a-Cheval national park and Cascade Du Roget are all easily reachable. Nearer to Morillon is the larg village of Samoëns.