It is obvious to everyone visiting Lesvos, that the island continues to retain its traditional culture, identity and old fashioned charm, still resisting the all changing influences of modern life that have altered beyond recognition many other urban and rural areas of Greece.
The local economy is based mainly on agriculture (particularly the cultivation of the olive groves), fishing, animal husbandry, production of dairy products, ouzo and ceramics, wood carved furniture and small items, woven textiles and other artistic handicrafts.
The old and new generations of Lesvians remain faithful to the values of the traditional local cuisine, rich in vegetarian dishes (Mediterranean Diet). This is recognised by the by high demand for local produce, free-range animal products, locally freshly caught fish and shellfish and almost exclusive use of olive oil in the daily diet.
It is almost second nature that when on holiday, holiday makers buy souvenirs to take away by way of keeping alive memories of past magic moments. Invariably most of the time irrespective of the location of your holiday, the souvenir " Was made in Taiwan". Not so at Lesvos. With very few exceptions the local people make the items you would wish to buy and take away with you. In some places you can watch them being made. Buying them supports the local people and sustains the small cottage industries that keep tradition alive.