Skourvoula of the Festos municipality is built on the southern foot of Sanidas Mountain, 350 meters above the sea level, with a panoramic view of the fertile Mesara plain and the Faneromeni Lake.

The village is 70 kilometers from Heraklion. A war memorial is a few meters before the village. It was built in the memory of the 40 residents of the area that were executed during the German Occupation.

According to the 2011 census, 423 people live in the picturesque settlement and their main occupations are livestock and olive crop.


The settlement is stated in the Venetian census of Fr. Barozzi. After that, it is referred in many other censuses.

The village was a place of suffering during the German Occupation, when Nazi executed 40 residents in the place where the memorial is today.


The cathedral of Skourvoula is dedicated to Ipapanti, while the country churches of Agia Anna, Agia Paraskevi, Agios Nikolaos and Agios Nektarios are in the area.


The feast for the celebration of Ipapanti takes place every year, on the 2nd of February.

See Faneromeni Lake.