During World War II Lisbon became the „waiting room“ for refugees and was also one of the many stages of international espionage. On this guided tour, we highlight the policy of the Estado Novo toward the refugees and glimpse the shadow of the various spies that crossed the city. Take a deep dive into the history of the war and the neutrality of Lisbon with our 3-hour walking tour and discover the fascinating role of Lisbon between refugees and spies during the Second world war.
Praça Marquês de Pombal 12, 1050-045 Lisboa, Portugal
Our meeting point.
One of the major meeting points in Lisbon, where the old town meets the modern Lisbon. Our route starts here next to the Monument to Marquês de Pombal. Here we find the location of the Hotel Aviz, at the time, one of the most renowned hotels in the capital. Crossing the avenue we find the pensions and assistance organizations that helped the refugees in a strange land.
Opened at the end of the 19th century, this large avenue was home to several hotels during the Second World War
Famous for the monument celebrating the end of the Spanish monarchy over the Portuguese throne, this square used to house several movie theaters. Cinema was both entertainment but also the opportunity to pass on propaganda from both sides of the war
Built in the late 1800s, The Rossio Station was once the international train station, where several refugees arrived
The heart of Lisbon with several cafés and hotels where the refugees waited for good news and visa.
Pedestrian street with several traditional stores
The elegant district of city of Lisbon, with several shops but also the seat of the political police during the Dictatorship of Salazar
Very close to the river, several bars and brothels were the perfect spot to recruit agents and get information about naval activities.
We end the tour in front of the river.
Cais do sodré
Transportation to and from the meeting point
Snacks and drinks
Transportation can be arranged in advance (prior 1 week from the tour)
Please bring comfortable shoes