Portugal used to be ruled by settlers from Morocco and the Moorish castle Albufeira Castelo de Almohada is an impressive 12th structure. Water sports and activities are popular in Albufeira and you can go snorkeling, boating, parasailing and jet skiing. A number of excellent golf courses around Albufeira including Balaia Golf Course and Pine Cliffs Golf Course are popular with visitors. On the Albufeira strip you can find shops selling typical Portuguese pottery, authentic souvenirs and snack food. Zoomarine Algarve is a great place to visit and fun for all the family. At the Zoomarine you can watch dolphins, seals, and sea lion presentations as well as catch a glimpse of tropical birds and birds of prey. You can also visit an amazing aquarium with sharks in various habitats.