Neuville-sur-Ain was developed around two rivers : the Ain and the Suran.
The Ain, thousand faces river, beautiful, wild, impetuous, majestic or quiet, listen her whisper and become initiated to strolling or dreaming on the banks. It gives its character to the village with its houses surrounding the river, picturesque frontages, at the border of the former harbor, with its bridge with remarkable architecture, the second, oldest bridge on the river always here, and its hydroelectric factory, situated on a slanting dam.
In the quarter of the harbor, huddled between the houses, a mill which always possesses its millstone, formerly moved by the river energy, is carrying on the traditional manufacture of walnut and hazelnut oil.
The Suran, with its many meanders, graded in first category and making the joy of fishermen, is flowing in plenty… Not always in the open-air. Its banks give a particular charm to its landscape : admire its mills and ford crossings, often surrounded by castle ruins, witness of a rich and powerful past.
Did you say castle ? Dream about the history of the 9 hamlets and discover them during your walks on the pathways.
You will go on the footsteps of prehistoric men walking along the Ain River on the Colombière pathway in direction of Poncin and discover a climbing rock, the Colombière Cave graded Historical Monuments in 1936, where excavations permitted the discovery of engraved pebbles, tools and bones from the Paleolithic and an ancestral restored whitewash oven.
To be seen : Mill of the Bords de l’Ain – Castle of Thol in the process of restoration – Castle of Saint-André (9th) – Chapel of Arthurieux (19th) – Châteauvieux (18/19th) – Castle of Fromente (1225).