Beli Manastir is the only city in Baranja and it is an administrative center of Baranja. It grew on the western slopes of Banska kosa, so-called Baranja Mountain, almost halfway between Osijek in the south and the Hungarian city of Mohács in the north. The name of the city dates back to the middle ages. In 1227, Hungarian Palatine Moys de Daro on his farm in Pél built a monastery. That is why the place was later called Pel Monostor (Pell's Monastery).
St. Martin is the patron saint of Beli Manastir. The patch in the left hand of St. Martin is part of the legend of a beggar and symbolizes mercy, kindness and fairness, those virtues that should adorn every person. St. Martin is located on the tower, in military uniform, the attitude of peace and offering charity, but also in the attitude of defense on traditional defensive tower Baranja (link).
At the site of today’s Beli Manastir used to be a Roman fort Mons Aureus.
On 15 minutes walk from the city centre lies the „Šećeransko jezero“ rich in fish, in a pleasant natural environment is an ideal place for lovers of fishing and nature. It is regulated as a city resort and recreation center for the inhabitants of the whole Baranja.
In the area of Šećeransko jezero is held in August manifestation Land Art Festival - STRAW, which hosts international art team that shapes sculptures made of straw, and offers visitors a rich and diverse program so they can enjoy the resultant sculptures, music, exhibition of local products, the burning of the central sculpture and many other interesting contents.
Ethnological centre of the Baranja heritage represents an object with a yard whose facilities fosters heritage of all ethnic groups that have historically inhabited Baranja and kept their customs and traditions from being forgotten.