Alley oops! British couple have to be rescued after their motorhome gets jammed between houses after they tried to drive it through Spanish village’s tiny streets designed for small carts
- British holidaymakers the victims of narrow Spanish streets in the south of Spain
- Police were called to rescue the vehicle after it became stuck between houses
This is the moment a road trip through Spain turned into a road to nowhere for an unfortunate British couple who discovered Andalusian villages are not designed for modern-day motorhomes.
The middle-aged holidaymakers’ stop-off in picturesque Sorvilán, a village of 614 residents south of Granada, turned into a nightmare they will not be forgetting in a hurry.
A tow-truck and the local police had to come to their rescue after their vehicle got stuck between two houses while they tried to find their way out of the village.
The couple are thought to have failed to spot a sign warning motorists with large vehicles to avoid the centre and got themselves into a jam after traversing streets that got narrower and narrower.
Their ordeal began around 9.30am on Saturday and their motorhome was only liberated about four hours later.
British holidaymakers get stuck in the narrow streets of a tiny Spanish town in Andalucía
A man sits in the shade while the motorhome remains wedged between two buildings
Fortunately the unnamed couple were able to continue their journey, albeit with damage to the vehicle and to the wall of one of the houses they got wedged between by accident.
Local police officer Jose Rivas said: ‘They were passing through the village and never had any intention of staying so long.
‘A tow-truck had to be called and there was very little they could do but sit and wait while we tried to free the motorhome.
‘They didn’t speak much Spanish and it wasn’t really the sort of situation where we were going to get into detail about where they were coming from and where they were going because they were obviously upset at what happened.
‘But it seemed like they were touring the Costa del Sol and southern Spain and they obviously didn’t see a sign on the way into the centre of the village warning people about trying to go down the narrow streets with large vehicles.
‘We’re talking about streets that were laid when people used donkey-drawn carriages and weren’t designed for the sort of vehicle that got stuck on Saturday.
‘The operation to release it basically involved the use of a jack to lift it up and push it out of the spot where it was stuck. There was no other possible solution.
‘The motorhome might have got through the gap if it had been driven at it in a straight line but it was coming from an angle and although the front half got through, the back was a bit wider and got wedged tight in.’
One of the photos of the unfortunate couple showed them sat by their trapped vehicle with their head in their hands before the rescue operation in the village of just over 500 inhabitants a short drive from Granada province’s southern coastline called the Costa Tropical began.
Mr Rivas added: ‘Fortunately no-one was hurt but there was obvious material damage.
‘The side of the motorhome by the driver’s door was pretty badly damaged but the vehicle was still drivable.
‘I don’t know whether the British couple had come to see the church which is one of the sights to see here or a pretty fountain we have or a museum which is closed at the moment but is going to open again soon after some restoration work.
‘But I hope this experience doesn’t put them off returning again. They just need to be careful about where they try and go with their motorhome.
‘It’s the first time in my year of service here that I’ve had to deal with something like this.
‘You have to be careful about these sorts of things not just in Sorvilán but in all the villages in the area.’
Can’t park there: the motorhome became trapped next to a no parking sign on a tight corner
Sorvilán village, a tiny outpost in southern Spain, home to as few as 614 residents
The south of Spain has cities dating back to the 8th century bc.
Many are designed only for pedestrians and small carts pulled by animals.
Narrower streets also help Spain’s cities to stay cool.
In 2021, temperatures as high as 117.7 F (47.6 C) were recorded in Córdoba, Andalucía.