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Morillon

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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.

Get in

Morillon and the Valley it is in are easily reachable for international travelers through the Geneva Airport. For European and domestic travelers the train and driving are also good options as there is a large train station in Cluses and the A40 motorway is near by.

Get around

Morillon is quite small and once you have arrived you can easily get around on foot.

See

  • Le Bourg: Around the St Christopher church (16th century) the school and Town Hall, the solid bourgeoise houses have now become commercial premises.

Do

Skiing, both cross country and downhill are the primary winter sports in Morillon. In the summer they are replaced by hiking, Mountain bicycling on the lift serviced ski slopes, as well as spending days relaxing by Le Lac Bleu, Morillon's recreational Park. Clear waters reserved for swimming and fishing. Tennis, horse riding, children's play areas, picnic areas.

The 18 hole Golf courses are located in Les Carroz and Les Gets boast fantastic views, and uncrowded fairways. Other golfing challenges in the area include a 9 hole course at Avoriaz, and a practice range at Samoëns with a driving range over water and a putting green.

  • Morillon Summer activities highlights

900 kms of marked walking tracks across the Grand-Massif

600 kms of mountain bike track across the Grand-Massif

4 lifts open in July-August to take walkers and mountain bikers up to the plateau above Flaine and Sixt

Great water based activities from the Giffre river which runs from Sixt : White water rafting, Cano raft, Canyoning, Canoe-Kayak, hydrospeed …

All mountain climbing activities including a Via-ferrata ideal for those who want to try climbing

All mainstream activities such as tennis, archery, horse riding, fishing …

Swimming at Morillons ‘Lac Bleu’, the artificial lake with its own beach, petanque area, picnic area, tennis, volleyball, mini golf and terrace bar-restaurant

The ‘Indiana Park’ adventure park for kids (the region’s largest).

Farm visits, alpine wildlife discovery outings

Children’s club (6-12 yrs old) and crèche (3-6 yrs old) at nearby Samoëns

A huge and diverse program of entertainment from late June to early September (over 200 events)

Every Sunday – Resort presentation. Every Friday is market day in Morillon.

Buy

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 pre-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.

Eat

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: Le Potet in Verchaix, Le Tourne Piere.

Drink

  • Bar Le Parisian - this bar is centrally located across from the church, it is a full service bar run by the Wife of the Current Mayor (2006)
  • Le Puzze - Located just across from the telecabin this bar is popular with English tourists and serves a limited lunch and dinner menu.
  • Le Tomawack - This is a Discotech located next to the river and is frequented by locals and tourists alike in the area prime operating hours are 12-5am on Friday and Saturday nights.

Sleep

The primary source of accommodation in Morillon are rental chalets and apartments many of which can be booked on the internet. There is one hotel centrally located in town the Hotel Le Morillon [1] that rooms can be reserved through, in typical French fashion food will be included as part of the price unless other wise specified.

Get out

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 larger village of Samoëns.

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