Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo

Stylized Carmel Mission Front

Picture taken 9:43am 25 Feb 2012

Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo was founded 3 June 1770 (2nd in order) by Saint Junípero Serra. The mission is named for Saint Charles Borromeo. The Indian name for the second location was Eslenes (or maybe Esselen). It is known for being Saint Serra’s headquarters and he is buried in the sanctuary beside the altar, in the Basilica.

You enter through the gift shop.


The mission is located at the South end of Carmel, about half a mile off of California Highway 1 (Cabrillo Highway). Traveling South on 1 from Monterey turn right onto Rio Road. If coming North on 1 from a coastal drive through Big Sur (a very scenic drive!) turn left onto Rio Road. Proceed to the mission at 3080 Rio Road (California Landmark 135).