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Reliving the good, the ugly and the bad in the province of Burgos

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Travel It gives you unforgettable moments of many types. You fall in love, make new friends, discover spectacular landscapes, suffer accidents or theft ... And you even wear a poncho and a cowboy hat, grab a gun and you become the Clint Eastwood of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. As simple as that.

Clint Eastwood's most famous duel occurred in the province of Burgos. And very few people know it.

When the Italian film director is mentioned Sergio Leone and its classic Westerns from the 60s, most people come to mind images of the desert landscapes of Almeria. It is true that there, near the Tabernas desert, many scenes from these films known as spaghetti westerns. However, the movie The Good, the Bad and the Ugly It was shot in Burgos.

The ugly in Sad Hill

The culprit was the Spanish production director who worked for Leone, José Antonio Pérez Giner.

For this film, Leone needed greener landscapes than the Almeria as one of the scenes included the battle for a bridge over a river, and near the Tabernas desert the rivers were less common than the imberbes in a hipster community.

When, in 1966, José Antonio taught the Italian director the area of Aggressive sabinares, limestone walls and green valleys that extends over much of the Burgos region between Salas de los Infantes and Covarrubias, this one was enchanted. That summer would not be forgotten by the thousands of people in the area who would end up participating in the film.

Taking advantage of a trip we have just made through the towns of Lerma, Covarrubias and Santo Domingo de Silos, we approach the most important scenario of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, the mythical Sad Hill.

Sad hill

View of Sad Hill from the hillside

Sad hill. Sad Hill, or as some of the locals in Santo Domingo de Silos and Contreras say: San Gil. No matter, the case is understood.

There are few areas in Spain that can claim to have on their land the most important location of a cult movie. Because, friends, whether you like it or not, time has cataloged the good, the ugly and the bad. Personally, I love it. These are the things that happen when you grow up with a father in love with Westerns.

He Mirandilla Valley, one of the most beautiful and lonely in the province of Burgos, became Sad Hill.

In the top scene of the movie, Clint Eastwood (the good one), Eli Wallach (the ugly one) and Lee Van Cleef (the bad one) arrive at a war cemetery (the film is set in the years of the American Civil War) and they dispute, in a duel to three, the 20 dollars of the loot they are looking for and is buried in a grave. Those spectacular 20 minutes were enhanced by the superb crack soundtrack Ennio Morricone.

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