Palanga, 25 kilometres from Klaipeda, is located on the coast of the Baltic Sea in the northwest part of Lithuania. The sandy coast extends over 10 kilometres and is backed by a pine forest and dunes. Palanga is a beach resort known for its thermal and mineral baths. It is mentioned in 1611 for the first time. Palanga funcioned as Lithuania's main port in 15-17th centuries. The Palanga Botanical Gardens designed for Count Tiskevicius by the French architect Eduard Andre and the Belgian gardener Buyssen de Coulon boast over 300 plant species and are considered to be most beautiful and richest botanical gardens in Lithuania. Another attraction of the park is the Tiskevicius Manor House which now houses the Amber Museum. It has an unique collection that illustrates amber's 40 million years old story.