The Venues

San Sebastián

We’re delighted to be bringing TV Rise to San Sebastián, one of the most romantic cities in the world, famed for its beauty and fine food. San Sebastián, also known as Donostia, lies along a white sandy bay between the Urgull and Igeldo hills. Fishermen’s houses, a smart suburb and modern districts make it one of the most attractive cities on the Cantabrian coast. The Museum of San Telmo, the Peine del Viento (the Wind Comb) and the Kursaal are examples of how the city brings together modern and traditional features.

San Sebastián is also renowned for its Basque cuisine and boasts the second most Michelin stars per capita in the world. Home to the humble pintxo, it’s considered by many to be the greatest gastronomic destination in Spain.

Txakoli winery

Attendees will travel to the origins of Txakoli wine to learn first hand where its taste comes from. The journey around the main wineries and vineyards for this traditional Basque white wine includes three provinces: Vizcaya, Gipuzkoa and Álava, and each one is associated with one of its three designations of origin. Txakoli is a mild and lightly sparkling wine that is closely connected with the region. Visiting the areas where the grapes are grown, tasting its acidic, refreshing flavor and accompanying it with the magnificent local cuisine while surrounded by the intense green of the Basque Country is a feast for the senses.

Mirador de Ulía

The welcome dinner will take place at the Mirador de Ulía restaurant, a special place, particularly given its outstanding views of the city and Zurriola beach that will definitely grab your attention. Located at the top of Monte Ulía, it is run by chef Rubén Trincado, the third generation of the family, who has his own style yet with a culinary legacy rooted in tradition. His creatively inspired cuisine plays with native Guipúzcoa ingredients such as hake, but also focuses on dishes from the world’s “blue zones” where people live longest.

Palacio Miramar

The main conference and roundtables will take place at Palacio Miramar. It’s located in front of the spectacular La Concha Bay, the Palacio Miramar is one of the most beautiful viewpoints in the city of San Sebastián. This privileged watchtower, which separates the beaches of Ondarreta and La Concha, would be the place chosen in 1887, by the Queen Regent María Cristina, to build her summer palace. Its style corresponds to an English Queen Anne “Cottage” – the name by which the English designate a rural building. Its location in the centre of the bay, has made it an aesthetic and urban landmark of extraordinary value.

Pintxos tour

In a gastronomic paradise like San Sebastián, it can be hard to narrow down where to eat when you’re spoiled for choice. This San Sebastian pintxos tour will take our attendees to the heart of the local food scene—the Old Town—where we’ll discover firsthand what to eat, where to eat it, and why. 

Aquarium de San Sebastián

The final day will conclude at the Aquarium de San Sebastián. The aim of the last town hall meeting is to see how attendees can help solve the challenges identified during the conference and roundtable discussions the previous day. The San Sebastián Aquarium occupies an emblematic building dating from 1928, with two floors dedicated to the maritime and marine heritage of Gipuzkoa. Particularly interesting is the skeleton of a northern right whale in addition to numerous tanks dedicated to the Bay of Biscay, in which you can view more than 200 species, not forgetting the famous 360º tunnel and a variety of tropical species.