If you really want to get to know the Algarve, stay at this thoughtfully renovated country house. British owners Tim and Hallie Robinson have scoured the area. The couple makes fantastically helpful hosts with their spot-on advice about the best food markets, the restaurants serving the tastiest fish, where to buy the local wicker and straw, and where to find little coves that are only accessible by boat. But it will be hard to tear yourself away from the lovely peace of the house itself, which is 25 minutes inland from Faro. The grounds are a delight, rambling and romantic.