Like most holiday shopping scenes, Lesvos has its fair share of gift shops selling the usual tacky souvenirs; all of the Greek resorts have the same stock-standard shops and gifts. However, there are also great finds if you know where to look. Head to Molivos for fantastic markets to explore as well as dinky cobblestoned streets lined with little stores where you can get happily lost and find some real treasures. Villages such as Plomari, Eressos, Agiassos, and Agia Paraskev have a few shops, but nothing compared to the calibre or variety travellers will find in Mitilini or Molivos.
Popular buys include local produce like graviera cheese and Ouzo Wine, as well as crafts, leather goods, ceramics, unique Greek designed jewellery, woven goods and interesting folk art. Tourist shops tend to be open from about 9am to 10pm in the peak summer months, while others close earlier. Those few who choose to visit the island during the winter off-season may find many of the tourist shops closed or with greatly reduced hours. If you are on the island towards the end of the season, in September and October, you may find some great sales.
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