Mission San Luis Rey
Known as the “King of the Missions,” Mission San Luis Rey de Francia, is the largest of the California Missions. The title “King of the Missions” was bestowed upon this California state treasure because of its expansiveness and architectural beauty. With such peaceful and inspirational surroundings, it is easy to visualize the everyday life of the Franciscan Friars and Native Americans who inhabited the Mission more than two centuries ago.
The Mission architecture is extraordinary. Hand carved wooden doors, bright and colorful hand painted walls and murals, the original baptismal font (made by Native Americans) of hand hammered copper, and a mixture of Classical and Baroque reredos are not to be missed. The Mission provides guided and self-guided tours, a museum, a gift shop, retreat center, and year-round special events.
Saturday & Sunday Behind the Scenes Tours
Special Behind the Scenes Tours are held regularly at the mission. Prices and length of time vary depending on the docent. To participate, you can either register online, visit the Museum Office, or call (760)757-3651 ext. 115.
Bike to Mission San Luis Rey
Looking for a fun way to spend the day? Rent a bike and ride to Mission San Luis Rey. Click to view bike route and interest points along the way.