The vineyard landscape of Criação Velha replaced cattle and the dairy industry, due to the quality of the Verdelho Wines produced from the island
|Official name: Freguesia de Criação Velha|
|Name origin: Portuguese for old creation|
|Localities||Alto da Cêrca, Canada de Beatriz, Canada de Pedro Nunes, Canada do Bacelo, Canada do Costa, Canada do Japão, Canada do Monte, João Lima, Lajidos, Rosário, Tapadas|
|- elevation||76 m (249 ft)|
|Highest point||Mount Pico|
|- elevation||2,351 m (7,713 ft)|
|Lowest point||Sea level|
|- location||Atlantic Ocean|
|- elevation||0 m (0 ft)|
|Area||18.36 km2 (7 sq mi)|
|- urban||2.4 km2 (1 sq mi)|
|Density||42 / km2 (109 / sq mi)|
|- location||Estrada Regional|
|- summer (DST)||Azores (UTC0)|
|Area Code & Prefix||(+351) 292 XXX-XXXX|
|Patron Saint||Nossa Senhora das Dores|
|Wikimedia Commons: Criação Velha|
Historical evidence, from the municipality of Madalena, relates that the name Criação Velha comes from an agricultural reference: it was an area where cattle (no distinction) were raised long ago. The term criação means "raising", and Velha is old, referring to historical records that the area was (and continues to be) important in this pursuit. Owing to the rich fertile lands the early settlers occupied most of their time with agriculture and wine production, slowly developing a commerce sector and industry later into its existence.
The church of Nossa Senhora das Dores was constructed in the late part of the 18th Century.
The parish is located in the western coast of the municipality, sandwiched between the parishes of Madalena and Candelária; a pie-shaped wedge that extends just to the base of Ponte do Pico to an area of about 2.75 kilometers at its maximum width. Unlike the other parishes with the municipality of Madalena, Criação Velha's borders does not extend to the top of Pico (its limit stops about 2 kilometers from the summit of the stratovolcano). The area is relatively hilly, sloping gradually from forested parcels into an area of semi-cultivatable land and then scrub pasture-lands. Most practical farming occurs around the central parish, since the forested lands are dense and impractical. The area is recognized for a series of grottos, with about 5 kilometers of extensions, carved from the dykes and subterranean lava fields along the island's history.