The first ride on this trip was the longest and longest. The bus from Madrid to Cordoba takes about 5 hours. You can, of course, it will take less than two hours to get there by train, but it will cost three times as much. In addition, from the bus window, it is much more comfortable to contemplate the landscapes of Andalusia than to count the flashing pillars outside the window of a high-speed train.
In this direction, the company Socibus operates, buses from the southern bus station (metro Méndez Álvaro) depart every two hours. In may 2013, the move cost me only 13 euros, three years later 17, now the ticket costs from 20 to 25 euros. I must say that prices in this direction have increased significantly, but for such a distance, they are quite sane.
During the journey, there was a long stop - in the town of Almuradiel, in the province of Ciudad real. Here you can go to the toilet and have a snack in the restaurant of the Casa Marcos Motel.
Near the stop, I found a marine monument, quite unexpected on the Castilian plain. It turned out to be a monument to the destroyer Marte, a participant in the Civil war.
Closer to the start of the Cordoba foothills of the Sierra of Andujar.
On the hills, in some places, you can see furnaces with pipes, in which they burned ceramics.