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Posted: March 1, 2011 05:03 PM

Five Unique Experiences in Lisbon, Portugal

If you drive through Lisbon, you will quickly learn why the hotel concierge cautions you about its seven hills. The city is a bustling hillside maze that is quickly becoming popular among travelers looking for something new.

Portugal's capital definitely warrants all of those spots on "must see in 2011" lists, however, as it stands out from most other European capitals.

The compact city invades the senses with colorful facades and intricate balconies, blaring fado music, neighborhood tussles, and roller coaster tram rides.

As if the city needs any more reasons for visitors to come see what all of the fuss is about, here are five ways Lisbon will lift you up and knock you down at the same time.

Take a "Roller Coaster Ride" on Tram 28
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Perhaps it was just my driver, but Tram 28 can feel more like a roller coaster ride than public transportation. Passing through most of historic Lisbon, tourists and pickpockets pack these cutesy yellow trams in order to cover some of the city's steepest and narrowest streets. A single ride costs under 2 euros, but combined deals with metro and bus passes in Lisbon can make the ride virtually free. It might be the "tourist" thing to do, but you can circle the city as your stomach jumps in excitement.
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