03/01/2011 05:04 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

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.

Five Unique Experiences in Lisbon, Portugal