Founded in 1770, the San Carlos Borromeo del Rio Carmelo Mission (known as the Carmel Mission) is a U.S. National Historic Landmark as well as an active Roman Catholic church.
You'll find several museums with cultural displays, including Mexican-American heirloom keepsakes, Native American artifacts, and restored rooms from the 1800's. Attend church services or take a self-guided tour of the beautiful Carmel Mission.
The Carmel Mission was founded on June 3, 1770 by Captain Gaspar de Portola and Franciscan Father Junípero Serra beside Monterey Bay. Father Serra lived on the Monterey Peninsula for 14 years creating the Carmel Mission and then calling it home until his death in 1784.
The Mission's courtyards and basilica are wheelchair accessible. However, because this attraction is centuries old, there are also areas that are accessed only by stairs. Please contact the Mission at 1 (831) 624-1271 ext. 210 for additional information about the accessible areas.
Yes, group tours with a docent are given by reservation for groups of a minimum of 15 people and a maximum of 80. Guided tours cost $8 per person and generally last for one hour. Tours can be arranged by calling (831) 624-1271 ext. 213.