ONE could have almost stepped back in time by a couple of centuries.

Doffing bandit-style headgear, brandishing guns and even firing them, it was Ronda’s attempt to bring history to life.

The town was certainly turned upside down for the three-day Ronda Romantica festival, in which its citizens and thousands from the nearby towns joined in the fun.

Locals dressed as courtesans, bandits, farmers and Napoleonic soldiers – to re-live the area’s dramatic past.

The event took place alongside the town’s Feria de Mayo agricultural fair, which at 500 years old is Spain’s second oldest.