Cannes is famed throughout the world for its prestige. Considering its importance in the world of the jet-set it is difficult to remember that Cannes began life as a simple fishing port. It was with the arrival of the English aristocrat Lord Brougham in 1834 that the city became a reference point for the high society of both Britain and Europe. Still today Cannes is regarded as a refined luxury destination, known for its glamorous world-famous events such as the Cannes Film Festival. The symbol of Cannes is the Croisette with its designer boutiques, renowned restaurants, beach and prestigious hotels, this exclusive address is where all discerning property buyers look for a luxury apartment to live. As well as being in the heart of the city's entertainments, the best apartments and penthouses also offer amazing views out to sea. If, however, you are looking for a property with more space and more privacy, concentrate on the areas of Cannes Californie and Super Cannes where large luxury villas, both modern and Belle-Epoque can be found in discreet, tranquil surroundings. Most homes offer swimming pools and fabulous vistas which are ideal for elite international buyers.