YOU’VE heard of the ‘most beautiful towns in Spain’ list, but now there’s a new way to rank the incredible collection of hilltop white villages dotted around the country – by how high above sea level they are.

Spain’s cliff-hanging enclaves hark back to the times of medieval conquest and even Roman occupation when they were built strategically on summits to command the best view of enemy invasions.

However as populations continue to move to the cities and coastlines, these historic marvels are coming under threat.

While some have benefited from nearby ski resorts, others are facing extinction with populations as low as 41.

Below we have rounded up a guide to some of the loftiest villages from around the country which you should visit while you have the chance.

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