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El verdugo is one of the essential works in the history of Spanish cinema and possibly the height of the collaboration between director Luis García Berlanga and scriptwriter Rafael Azcona. Berlanga chose the island of Mallorca to end his story about José Luis (played by Nino Manfredi), a man forced to become something that he hates in the suffocating surroundings of Franco’s Spain. The famous scene in the caves of Drach is a perfect example of that tone of black humour that masters Berlanga and Azcona achieved to perfection. In an idyllic setting and surrounded by foreign tourists, José Luis seems to have forgotten his destiny, but the mirage won’t last: from a boat that glides peacefully through the underground lake, two civil guards call out his name on a megaphone. An execution must be carried out, and José Luis is the executioner who must do the job. Although the caves at Drach were carefully explored at the end of the 19th century, they weren’t fitted out and opened to the public until 1935. Since then, they offer a guided visit of about an hour during which it is possible to visit some of the most spectacular parts. The tour ends with a classical music concert before Lake Martel, the same one that appears in Berlanga’s movie.