Just one year after founding this mission in Monterey in 1770, Father Junípero Serra moved it to Carmel to distance the Ohlone congregation from the Spanish military presence at the Presidio of Monterey. This was the second in the chain of 21 California missions founded by Serra, and his favorite. He lies buried under the altar. The Moorish influence in its architecture and the centenary arch that its walls form make it unique among the California missions. Open to the public seven days a week, the mission offers self-guided tours and organized tours for large groups. If you’re planning to visit the mission on a holiday, call in advance to check for the schedule.