A few kilometres inland from the Mar Menor, is the town of Torre Pacheco, with a population of 24,300 that is rapidly expanding. Not only is it a tourist centre but also an agricultural town whose importance has increased with a huge hydraulic scheme that pumps water into the surrounding area via the Tajo and Segura rivers.
Facilities include a public swimming pool, tennis club, leisure centre, a further education college, a secondary school, and a public library.
Torre Pacheco has excellent communication links, the Madrid-Cartagena railway line passes through Torre Pacheco and there is a train station in the town.
The town is 37km from the capital of Murcia, 17km from Caragena and 9km from the beaches of Mar Menor. Torre Pacheco golf club is just outside the town and San Javier airport is 11km away.