In 2011, the Faial Nature Park was considered by the European Commission a European Destination of Excellence (EDEN), the only one in Portugal, fulfilling a promise of social, cultural and environmental sustainability.
Also in 2011, the Faial Botanical Garden received an Honorable Mention in the category "Rehabilitation of Public Project" by Turismo de Portugal.
In the next year, the Capelinhos Volcano Landscape won the 2nd place in the National Award Landscape 2012, award based on the implementation of policies and protective measures, management and/or landscape planning.
In 2013, the Park received an Honorable Mention in the category "Community Building" in EDEN Innovation Awards, which distinguish European destinations of excellence for its initiatives in the areas of marketing, local development and social cohesion.
In 2016, the Azores were in the top five European destinations, by the vote made by the European Best Destinations, and Faial Island was considered one of Europe's best-hidden gems. The Park won the "Nature Experience" prize in the EDEN Innovation Prize with the experience of the Caldeira descent.