Juan, born in Almuñécar, has been living in La Herradura since 1995. A retired geography and history teacher, Juan came from a poor family, and as a young child he had to work in the Cane industry. But one day his life was turned around. He was a twelve year old boy when a young priest in his catechism suggested that Juan should go and study at the Seminario de Diocesanos de Granada. He ended up staying there for ten years, and studied Latin and philosophy. Later he received his Bachelor in Arts, Geography and History at Granada University.
That priest changed his life and indirectly made it possible for Juan to follow his life’s passion … sharing his love for history and geography. Juan wrote many articles about teaching geography and history while he was working as a teacher, but since his retirement he has been able to write considerably more. He has so far written and co-written many books, among which a series of nine books all set in the province of Jaen in collaboration with Antonio Guzman. These books, called Viajeros por Jaen, contain a total of 36 routes through the province of Alto Guadalquivir.
Together with Antonio Guzman and Antonio Salgero he has also written a book called El Viajero Romántico y La Ciudad Industrial. (The Romantic Traveller and the Industrial City) It is a book about Málaga in the 1900s and is suitable for both adults and children. The drawings in these books are by Antonio Salgero. The book also contains the English translation, which was done by a close friend of Juan, Janet Henshall, who used to live in La Herradura, but sadly passed away in 2015.
But Juan’s writing doesn’t stop here as he continues working on various book projects, among which, together with his colleague Antonio Guzmán, a study about the exploitation, processing and transformation of natural resources in the Malaga region of the Axarquía.
And Juan, also has another passion. He is an excellent cook and together with his wife Mari Carmen he loves to grow a large part of the ingredients used in his cooking on a piece of land they cultivate close to the village. He has more than one specialty but his cold garlic-almond soup and gazpacho bring a smile to the face of all members of their family.
You can read more about Juan in the La Herradura book: “Reflections from La Herradura”
Juan Franco Quiros