Located at a distance of about 8 km. southwest of Naoussa, at an altitude of 600 m. Founded in 1630, it is one of the oldest settlements which survived at Vermio after consecutive disasters throughout the centuries. Featuring a remarkable, traditional type of residential wealth, today it is a developing centre for tourism and recreation, at a nodal point between Seli Ski Resort, Naoussa and Tria – Pente Pigadia Ski Resort, with small, family type tourist units, taverns and beautiful countryside. ‘Kourbani’ at the Saint Athanasios festival, and the Prophet Elias celebration are characteristic customs.
Arkochori is a tidy traditional village, literally smothered in green. It has many stone houses with tiled roofs and green courtyards. During the summer, it has a population of about 200 inhabitants, while in winter most of them move in Naoussa.
The former name of the village, until 1926, was Arkoudochori, presumably because the place would then be also inhabited by many bears! The history goes back to the Ottoman occupation. Initially the area was a Turkish manor, but gradually many Greeks settled here, engaging in farming and agriculture.
Eventually, Arkoudochori was liberated from the Turks in 1912, as of course all of Macedonia.
Arkochori is built between two hills, surrounded by dense forest of chestnut trees, oaks, sycamores, ivy, beech, pine, alder and arbutus, while there is also land with crops such as peaches, apples, cherries and grapes that give the excellent “xinomavro” wine.
Arriving at the village, you will easily identify the paved square. There you will find the old school, as well as two traditional coffee shops and a tavern. You will stroll at the narrow alleys of the village, admiring the beautifully restored mansions with porches and enclosed balconies. Then, you will pass by the “Bear”, where inter alia you will find ample parking, an outdoor refreshment area, a 5X5 football court, a tennis court, a basketball court, a playground and plenty of grass. Just 100 meters after the refreshment area you will find the amazing tavern “Harama”. Finally, in order to enjoy a panoramic view to the plains of Imathia you will climb on top of the hill where the church of the village, Agios Dimitrios, dominates.
A. Oikonomou, Naoussa. The place, the past and the present... Naoussa, 2005