City of Spies

TYPOLOGIES

Culture

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DIFFICULTY

Easy

MIN. AGE

All ages

SALE

20 15

City of Spies - Fridays at 2:30pm

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

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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

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