Lisbon City of Spies

In the 2nd World War Lisbon swarmed with spies from the main sides in conflict. A Walking tour designed to find out how neutral Portugal provided the natural setting for conspiracy.

From March to October: Every Friday at 14:30

Buy the tickets directly from our guide with an orange backpack, at the meeting point ( Pr.Comércio, at the door of Tourism office, under the arches) or click BUY to get 25% discount.

Portugal remained neutral in the 2nd World War and Lisbon became a rendezvous spot for spies, taking advantage of the city’s strategic Atlantic connections. Inside the city both the Allies and the Axis kept impressive diplomatic services: probably the only place in war-torn Europe where all sides were able to meet on equal grounds. Lisbon suddenly became a true “nest of spies” as mentioned in several period chronicles and the “plane to Lisbon”, as an escape route in the movie Casablanca, remains one of the best known examples.


In this walking tour you will visit some of the sites related with the spy stories of:

  • The most famous spy Hotels in Lisbon
  • The refugees and the European fashion trends
  • The lonely fight of the Portuguese consul in Bordeaux
  • The most important WWII double agent: Garbo/Arabel
  • The story of the real James Bond
  • The Jewish gold and the tungsten traffic


In 1940 Lisbon, happiness was staged so that God could believe it still existed.

Antoine de Saint-Éxupéry


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