Mr Pickett died at the scene, while his wife, who was riding pillion, sustained multiple fractures to her arm.

The accident is believed to have happened on a road between San Jose and the fishing bay of Porroig.

The couple, who lived in Kenilworth, were four days into a week-long holiday.

For years, Mr Pickett worked at Stratford Gliding Club, based in Snitterfield, as a course instructor and technical officer.

John Dickinson, secretary of the gliding club, paid tribute to his fellow glider and friend: “Phil was a well-respected and popular instructor who for many years enabled our club to operate seven days a week during the summer by acting as our mid-week duty instructor.

“He was also our chief technical inspector, and was instrumental in keeping our aircraft in flying condition and carried out much of the work required for annual inspections of the club fleet as well as on some private gliders.

“He will be missed on both a personal level and for his day to day contribution to our club.

“Tragic accidents are always difficult to handle, but this is especially difficult for Liz being injured herself and the accident happening abroad.

“The club will be offering practical support in any way possible. Our thoughts are with Liz at this very tragic time.”

A keen biker, Mr Pickett was excited about his trip, describing it as “very well deserved” on a motorbike forum the week before.