José Manuel Fernández Portillo is proud to wear around all Spanish bullrings the name of his homeland and to appear on the like "Alcalareño". His pride has a double reason, as it is the name also used by his father before, also a banderillero. He is at present one of the main references in the world of the bullring men and accumulates prizes and rewards from the bullfighting world.
He belongs to El Cid's cuadrilla and before that he has been subalterno of matadores like Curro Romero or Emilio Muñoz. He is a serious bullfighter, has great qualities and he is able to accomplish all kind of banderillas techniques or suertes brilliantly. He is appreciated inside and outside Alcalá. At his homeland he has been appointed "Alcalareño Distinguido" (Distinguished Alcalá citizen) in 2006 and also he has played King Balthazar in the Epiphany Parade.
How fast it is evolving to be a good town.
The park, our Oromana Hotel, El Águila, San Roque, etc...
To the pine forest.
I would leave the car at the Hotel Oromana. Then I'd visit San Roque, go down through the old Bridge and then up to El Águila; from there I would go down to Santiago.
Tocino de cielo (a dessert made with egg yolk and sugar) or a little Alcalá flat cake from La Centenaria.
That we supplied bread to many villages around because our bread is the best.
[It means to be] A grateful person for having been born in a town with so many nice customs and where so many important people have been born in.
Bread was distributed from angarillas (a kind of sacks or bags) carried by mules in the capital city.