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The Best Spotting Location at Madrid

by Matt Falcus

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One of the best spotting locations at Madrid Airport is in a central location between the original terminals 1, 2 and 3, and the newer Terminal 4 to the north.

There are actually two locations here – one known as the Mound, and another next to the nearby cemetery.

You have a view of aircraft taxiing by, using the runways, and the line-up of Iberia aircraft parked at Terminal 4.



You can reach the Mound by public transport if you take the Metro to Barajas, the small town adjacent to the airport. Once there, walk over the white bridge past the restaurant on the left.

If you have a car, follow the M-14 road north, past terminals 1, 2 and 3. Then, after passing under a tunnel, turn left where signposted ‘Service Zone’. Turn left towards the cemetery, then right along a road which leads to a dead end. This is where to spot.


Erik Ritterbach sent us these pictures from the latter position, which I’m sure you’ll agree are fantastic – especially when combined with the sunny weather!



All pictures copyright (c) Erik Ritterbach.




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Mark July 30, 2018 - 6:58 pm

The mound is excellent, just take a hat, sun block and water, there is no protection from the sun and no facilities close by.

Matt Falcus July 31, 2018 - 8:01 am

Yes, good points!

David Longa July 31, 2018 - 12:22 am

Great shots of Madrid. Matt your doing a fantastic job. Keep up the good work. Dave

Matt Falcus July 31, 2018 - 8:01 am

Thanks Dave. Photos credit to Erik.

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Daniel flower September 21, 2021 - 2:54 pm

Please can anybody update me on this location regarding nearest hotels I’m hoping to take a visit here in October many thanks if any more information available would be great.


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